New California Law Forbids Schools from Removing "Inclusive or Diverse" Books and Materials | Censorship News

As the governor of California signs a law to protect books and materials at schools, public records requests reveal librarians in one Florida county were told to remove all books with LGBTQ characters, a survey from EveryLibrary and BookRiot shows how parents and guardians really feel about public libraries, and more in the latest Censorship News.

New California Law Bars Schoolbook Bans Based on Racial and LGBTQ Topics | NPR
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law prohibiting school boards across the state from banning books, instructional materials, or curricula categorized as inclusive or diverse. Under the new law, which went into effect immediately after its signing, the state can fine schools that would block textbooks and library books that allow students to learn about diverse communities.

Unraveling What's Really Happening in Florida School Libraries | Popular Information
Librarians in Charlotte County, FL, were instructed by the school district superintendent to remove all books with LGBTQ+ characters.

New Poll Reveals Parents’ Strong Stance Against Book Bans in Public Libraries | The Bloomingtonian
EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot collaborated on the survey and have reported their findings.

In a Year of Record Book Challenges, Salem Public Library Sees Little Pushback | Salem Reporter
While Oregon libraries saw more book challenges than ever, Salem's library has seen more community support, librarians said.

Group Opposes Ida Rupp Public Library Levy, Calls for Content Restrictions | WTGV
An Ohio community group is advocating for content restrictions across the teen and children’s sections of the library in Port Clinton, OH. The group has a list of books they want removed from the young adult section and placed in the adult section. They’re also asking for those books to be labeled as “harmful to children and juveniles” and for the library to require parental consent for minors to check out those titles. 

New Superintendent in Montana District Invites Parents to See What's in School Libraries | KGVO
The new Missoula County (MT) Public Schools (MCPS) superintendent Micah Hill said MCPS parents are always welcome to ask about the books in their child’s school libraries. 

Talks Over Northview 'Book Review' Continue at School Board Public Comment | ABC13
Those from both sides are hoping the Northview School District  school board in Michigan takes their comments to heart.

Protestors in Florida Read from Banned Books, Defying the State's Education Policies | NPR
Academics, activists, and Black history advocates were in Jacksonville, FL, to show defiance of educational policies that ban books and discourage knowledge about Black history.

Three Questions for Patricia McCormick, Whose Book Sold is Banned in Six States | yahoo!
Sold is the sixth-most banned book in the country and the most banned book in the state of Florida.

How a Moms for Liberty–Aligned Attack on Library Content is Upending Politics in Philly Burbs | Philadelphia Inquirer
The situation in the Telford Borough (PA) Council race exemplifies how culture-war battles previously playing out across the country in school board meetings have found a new front line: the public library.

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