Colorado Republicans Want Prosecutors to Remove School Library Books Under Obscenity Law | Censorship News

Colorado conservatives are calling on prosecutors to remove books from school libraries and take legal action against those promoting and possessing "obscene material"; a federal lawsuit has been filed against Iowa for its "don't say gay" law that includes removing books; author Robert Samuels writes about having his book kept from students during a school visit in Tennessee; and more.

Colorado Conservatives Call for Law Enforcement Action to Ban Books | 9News
Republican leaders are calling for a prosecutor to enforce obscenity laws to remove hundreds of books from schools in the Colorado Springs area. The conservative advocacy group Take Back District 20 said the inclusion of the books in school libraries was “clear criminal activity.” The petition asked for legal penalties against people promoting or possessing “obscene material.” 

ACLU of Iowa Files Lawsuit Over Book Ban, ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law | ABC9
The ACLU of Iowa has filed a lawsuit in federal court over Senate File 496, a bill that bans books that depict sex scenes and also requires administrators to notify parents if students wish to go by a nickname or use pronouns to affirm their gender identity. Critics dub SF 496 as a “don’t say gay” law.

Controversial Parents Matter Act Passes Fresno County Board of Supervisors | ABC30
The measure creates a panel of parents and guardians to review all current and future children's books to be placed in the Fresno County, CA, libraries.

In the Battle Over Books, Who Decides What's Age-Appropriate? | NPR
Ultimately, local library staff make the final call about the books they buy and where they should go. Now political groups are pushing for parental involvement and movies-like rating systems to set age designations for books.

When Your Own Book Gets Caught Up in the Censorship Wars | The New Yorker
Author Robert Samuels writes about what it was like when his book  His Name is George, co-authored with Toluse Olorunnipa, couldn't be distributed or read from at a Tennessee school visit. "I had envisioned book bans as modern morality plays—but the reality was far more complicated," Samuels writes.

Brevard Public Schools Book Review Committee Set to Resume Dec. 1 | Florida Today
After more than five months of being on hold, the Brevard (FL) Public Schools book review committee is set to resume at the start of December. With an ever-growing list of books to review (31 currently), and titles ranging from Slaughterhouse Five to Bible Stories for Little Angels, it's not clear how often the committee will meet.

Number of Book Challenges in Chicago Area Libraries and Schools Now More Than 500 | NBC5 Chicago
NBC 5 Investigates has learned that the number of challenges to books and other reading materials in schools and public libraries has continued to increase. There are now more than 529 separate challenges in the Chicago area.

Wisconsin Libraries Would Have to Notify Parents About the Books Their Kids Check Out Under GOP Proposal | Wausau Pilot & Review
The Wisconsin Rebuplicans' proposals would require librarians and school librarians to alert parents about what kids under 16 are checking out.

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