Florida Media Specialist Codes System to Check Books Against State Legislative Standards | Censorship News

Alachua County (FL) Public Schools media specialist Patty Duval created code to help librarians and classroom teachers check books against new state laws; a fired Colorado librarian wins settlement; parents in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin speak out against district book bans; review panel keeps Sold and Nineteen Minutes on shelves in South Carolina district; and more. 

Florida Media Specialist Codes System to Ensure School Library Books Follow State Law | WUFT
Alachua County (FL) Public Schools media specialist Patty Duval embarked on a six-month process, programming a system to determine which of the county’s books follow standards set in legislation like the Parental Rights in Education Act.

Former Colorado Librarian Wins Settlement after District Fired Her
Former librarian Brooky Parks will receive $250,000 from the High Plains Library District as part of a settlement in a lengthy civil rights dispute over her firing. Parks lost her job at Erie Community Library in 2021 after promoting anti-racism and LGBTQ history workshops for teens. The programming drew backlash from the district’s board of trustees, which oversees more than a dozen public libraries across Northern Colorado.

Pennsylvania District Receives Pushback after Controversial Library Book Policy Change | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Controversial changes to a policy around library books in the Blackhawk School District in Beaver Falls, PA, are causing pushback from community members and lawyers at the Education Law Center who say the amendments make it easier for district residents to challenge books available to students.

Parents Weigh in on Wisconsin School District Book Ban
The Menomonee Falls (WI) School District bans 33 books for violating a new policy on books with sexually explicit or profane material.

North Carolina District Review Panel Stands by Two Challenged Novels. Three More Up Next | WFAE
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Schools has a new panel to review challenged books. At its first meeting, it upheld Ardrey Kell High School’s decision to keep Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes and Patricia McCormick’s Sold on its library shelves.

Pennsylvania District Ordered to Produce Library Records, Pay Legal Fees for Dad Challenging Book Removals | The Philadelphia Inquirer
A Common Pleas Court judge sided with father Darren Laustsen in his battle for records of library books checked out by staff members at Pennridge School District in Perkasie, PA, finding the district manipulated reports in a "coverup." 

A South Carolina County’s Public Library Board Approves New Display Policy | Fox Carolina
The new policy for the Greenville County (SC) Library System says book covers in all displays must be appropriate for any age group and cannot contain “a depiction or cruelty or violence, anything sexual in nature, profanity, or vulgar language.” Library displays are allowed for “paid holidays observed by both Greenville County Government and the Greenville County Library System.” The executive director has the authority to remove any display materials if “she determines the material is overtly political, provocative, inappropriate, or not relevant to the respective holiday.”

Massachusetts City Council Moves to Oppose Book Bans | Daily Hampshire Gazette
Easthampton, MA, city councilors voted unanimously to pass two resolutions: the first supporting the mission of Easthampton Public Library to provide patrons with a diverse set of uncensored resources, programming, and technology; and the second opposing book banning and other threats to freedom of expression in schools.

Explore The Tribune’s database of books banned in Utah schools | Salt Lake Tribune
Across Utah’s biggest school districts, 262 books have been banned.

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