Authors of George Floyd Book Told Not to Discuss Systemic Racism During School Visit | Censorship News

There is confusion over who placed the restrictions on Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, authors of His Name Is George Floyd; Pink to distribute banned books at Florida concerts; and more.

Authors of George Floyd Book Were Told Not to Talk about Systemic Racism at Tennesee School Event | NBC News
Memphis-Shelby County (TN) Schools said restrictions on what the authors could say did not come from the district, calling the situation a “miscommunication.”

Pink to Give Away Banned Books at Florida Tour Stops | Rolling Stone
The singer plans to hand out 2,000 banned books during her four concert dates in Florida. The three-time Grammy-winning singer, who is collaborating with PEN America and Amanda Gorman, will work with bookseller Books & Books to distribute four books: Todd Parr’s The Family Book, Gorman’s The Hill We Climb, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Stacia Deutsch’s Girls Who Code.

Wisconsin Democrats Propose State Law to Help Limit Book Bans | Wausau Pilot & Review
Under the draft bill, anyone complaining to a school district or public library about books must reside in the school district or community served by the library, submit written statements showing they’ve read the book entirely and detailing the reasons for their complaint, and include signatures of at least 5 percent of the residents in the school district or the community served by the library.

Nebraska District Board Votes to Keep All Boys Aren't Blue and Tricks in School Libraries | Omaha World-Herald
After reviews, the Omaha (NE) Public Schools school board decided All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson and Tricks by Ellen Hopkins help “students feel seen, heard and valued.” The books will stay in the libraries Hopkins to stay in age-appropriate schools.

Voters in Small Iowa City Vote Against City Council Having More Control Over Library Books | AP
Just over half the voters in Pella, IA, rejected an advisory vote on whether the City Council should have more power over how the library spends its money and whether it pulls certain books from shelves, the Des Moines Register reported. Only 87 votes separated the two sides in the unofficial count.

How Moms for Liberty and an English Teacher Exploited a High School Student | Popular Information
An Escambia County, FL, high school student got caught in the middle of the battle over Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Storm and Fury.

Surge of Book Removal Requests Turning Nebraska Libraries into Cultural Battlegrounds | 10 11 NOW
In one district, a librarian resigned and a school board member could be recalled. 

This School Board Made News for Banning Books. Voters Flipped It to Majority Democrat | NPR
Central Bucks, PA, became nationally known when the district banned books, and students and community members protested. Last week, Democrats took all five seats up for election, taking control from those seeking to limit access.

Florida's Laws, Book Bans Drove This Librarian to Quit | Washington Post
Pushed to her breaking point, Tania Galiñanes left her job as a school librarian to open a bookstore with another former school librarian.

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