Nevada Could Create LGBTQIA+ Sections in Public Libraries | Censorship News

A proposal in Nevada would move all LGBTQIA+ books into their own section of public libraries; Florida makes principals responsible for book restrictions; Utah schools removing books ahead of a new law going into effect on July 1; and more.

Book Ban Fight in Nevada Would Create LGBTQIA+ Section of Libraries | Teen Vogue
Young people seeking LGBTQIA+ content would have to out themselves.

Florida Says School Principals Could be Penalized Over Book Restrictions | Tampa Bay Times
Florida education officials voted to put the onus on school principals to ensure students have access to “appropriate” reading materials in classrooms and libraries, saying such a step is needed to prevent the politicization of the state’s book challenge process.

Wisconsin Library Media Specialist on School Library Book Selection and Challenges | PBS Wisconsin
Elkhorn Area High School library media specialist Rebecca Blom describes how K–12 librarians seek to assemble a broad selection of books as the district changes standards for challenges.

In Superman's 'Hometown,' a Pastor Vows to Fight Satan's Influence at the Local Library | NBC News
Apocalyptic warnings of an "evil" assault are fueling a struggle for control of the public library in Metropolis, IL, where the library director, a devout Christian, has admitted to praying aloud with children at the library’s after-school program and said there was only one Halloween picture book in the collection because “God said he did not give us a spirit of fear.” The children’s section has eight versions of the Bible.

Some Utah School Districts Chopping Books Before July 1 Book Ban Law | NewsNation
With more than two months before a Utah law creating a pathway for school book bans goes into effect, several school districts in the state have already begun removing books from their shelves. 

There’s a Revolution Happening in Children’s Publishing—You Can Thank the Book Bans | Fast Company
Publishers are fighting back on book bans by flooding the market with books representing diverse points of view.

‘Banned Book Readout’ Takes Over a Florida City Hall | WCJB
Educators, writers, poets, and scholars turned the front lawn of Gainsville City Hall into a battlefield of literary justice. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville Social Justice group hosted a community story time, exclusively featuring banned titles.

Texas District to Return Some Banned Books to Libraries After Over 100 Pulled for Review | AOL
The Fort Worth (TX) Independent School District is in the process of returning books to library shelves that were pulled eight months ago for review of sexual or violent content. Although the district removed more than 100 books, it’s unclear how many of them will be returning.

Georgia District Superintendent Defends Book Removal: 'It's a battle against good and evil' | Fox 5 Atlanta
The Cobb County (GA) School District has removed an additional four books from its media centers It Ends with Us, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lucky, and Thirteen Reasons Why were all identified by the district as having lewd, vulgar, graphic, or sexually explicit content. The titles join three other books banned by the district in 2023: Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, Flamer, and Blankets

California Lawmakers Reject Bill to Let Parents Sue Schools that Don’t Ban ‘Harmful’ Books | Yahoo! News
California lawmakers recently voted down a bill requiring school boards to ban books with “harmful material” from libraries and classrooms, legislation that would have given parents the ability to sue those that did not comply. 

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