Judge Temporarily Blocks Arkansas Library Law; Michigan Library Association Campaigns for Community Advocates | Censorship News

A law that would open librarians up to criminal charges is on hold in Arkansas; the Michigan Library Association is rallying residents against censorship; nearly 400 books are removed from an Iowa school district; and there are claims of concerns about Arthur damaging souls in Florida.

Michigan Libraries Recruiting Citizen Army to Aid Book Ban Wars | Bridge Michigan
The Michigan Library Association launched a six-month campaign to encourage residents to join Mi Right to Read, a website that offers updates on book battles in libraries and recommends action, such as posting on social media, writing letters to local media, and attending school and library board meetings.

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas's Library Censorship Law From Taking Effect | Arkansas Times
A district judge issued a preliminary injunction pausing the law from going into effect while a challenge brought by several library groups works its way through the court system, because of the potential the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights would be restricted. The plaintiffs in the case include the Central Arkansas Library System, the Fayetteville Public Library, and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library.

See the List of 374 Books an Iowa School District Has Flagged as Banned Under New State Law | The Des Moines Register
The Urbandale Community School District has flagged hundreds of books as banned in its libraries and classrooms under a new state law that forbids teaching about gender identity and prohibits publications that depict sex acts.. The list has a range of titles, including children's picture books, books with LGBTQ themes, and classic novels like A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

An ‘Arthur’ Book Faces Possible Ban in Florida Over Fears a Game of Spin the Bottle Could Lead to 'Damaged Souls' | Yahoo!
A conservative activist lodged a complaint against author Marc Brown's 1989 book Arthur's Birthday with the Clay County (FL) School District, saying "it is not appropriate to discuss 'spin the bottle' with elementary school children," and that the contents of the book could result in "damaged souls," per a copy of the complaint.

Maryland Breweries, Library Team Up to Push Back Against Banning Books | WMAR2
The public library in Anne Arundel County (MD) is teaming up with breweries to raise money to support the libraries' efforts in preserve access to books for everyone.

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