Maine Principals Remove, Restrict Books; Florida District Pulls Titles After Complaints in Other Counties | Censorship News

Two principals in a Maine district remove and restrict six books after challenges; a Florida district proactively pulls 31 titles based on complaints in other counties; teens speak out for the right to read in North Carolina and California; and more in the latest Censorship News.

Maine School District Removes Titles from School Libraries, Requires Parental Permission for Others | MaineWire
Principals in Maine's Bonny Eagle School District responded to six book challenges by removing and restricting the titles. At the middle school, Juliet Takes a Breath was removed. The high school removed some from the school library entirely and placed others into a separate collection with restricted access.

Seminole County Public Schools Yank 31 Books Based on Complaints from Other Counties | Orlando Sentinel
The Florida district said it pulled the books from shelves based on state guidance advising schools to “check any books that have been removed or restricted due to a challenge in other districts.” The books removed include Looking for Alaska by John Green, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and several novels by Ellen Hopkins.

Crowd Packs School Board Meeting in Furor Over LGBTQ Books | Sun Port Charlotte
More than 120 people attended the Charlotte County (FL) School Board meeting to express themselves about the district’s stance on removing books with LGBTQIA+ content from classrooms and school libraries.

Alabama Library Mistakenly Adds Children’s Book to 'Explicit' List Because Author’s Last Name is Gay | AP
Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay was added to a list of books flagged for potential removal from the children’s section of the Huntsville-Madison County (AL) Public Library because of “sexually explicit” content. But the book, which is about a pair of siblings reading together and building a dog house, was added because of the keyword “gay,” Cindy Hewitt, the library’s executive director said.

Colorado Appeals Court, 2-1, Rules Names of Book Ban Advocates Not Subject to Disclosure | Colorado Politics
The Colorado Court of Appeals resolved a narrow issue of state law amid the broader national movement to ban materials from library shelves

Iowa District School Board to Discuss Policies on Library Materials | The Courier
An entirely new policy would allow for objections to materials used in Waterloo (IA) Community Schools. 

California Teens Battle Book Banning | Daily Breeze
A Mira Costa (CA) High School student is part of a larger movement to return restricted books to classrooms.

Texas District Reviewing Book Policy After Concerns Raised Over Sexually Explicit Library Books | WFAA YouTube
After a review of titles in Plano, TX, some books were removed, others retained. At a recent board meeting, community members spoke out against the titles kept on the shelves, and the policy is now being reviewed.

North Carolina School Board Hears First Reading of Policy Updates Related to Parental Rights Law | Carteret County News-Times
After listening to a group of residents concerned about potentially age-inappropriate books in some county public schools and media centers, the Carteret County (NC) Board of Education received the first reading of policy updates that outline revisions related to parental inspection of and objection to instructional materials and more.

Children’s Book About a Kitten Pulled from School Libraries Over Claims It is ‘Sexually Suggestive’ | Deseret News
After a challenge to author Shannon Hale’s book Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, the Katy, TX, school district halted students’ access to all new library books.

Ron DeSantis Confronted on Fox News Over Book Bans | Newsweek
The Florida governor maintained that books have not been outright banned in the state, but rather there has been a simple removal of what he says are "inappropriate" books from the classroom.

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