Pennsylvania School Board Member Takes Oath on Stack of Frequently Banned Books | Censorship News

Central Bucks County School Board president Karen Smith took her oath on books including Night by Elie Wiesel and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; authors Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Malinda Lo, and Jodi Picoult join lawsuit in Iowa; and more.

She Fought GOP Board on Censorship, Then Took Oath on Stack of Banned Books as New President |
Central Bucks (PA) school board member Karen Smith took her oath of office with her hand placed on Night by Elie Wiesel, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, Flamer by Mike Curato, All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, and Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin.

Bestselling Authors Join Penguin Random House Lawsuit Over Iowa’s New Book Ban Law | CNN
Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Malinda Lo, and Jodi Picoult are now plaintiffs in the suit.

Florida AG Argues Public School Libraries are Forum for Government, Not Private Speech |WFTV
Florida’s attorney general Ashley Moody argued in court that public school libraries are a forum for government, not private speech. The attorney general claimed the First Amendment does not bar the government from making viewpoint-based choices about what books should be available in libraries.

Librarians Looking for Lawmaker Help as They Face Harassment Tied to Book Bans | CT Insider
Connecticut librarians want help from legislators to protect them and the reading public.

Moms for Liberty and Knox County School Board Members Challenge School District on Books in School Libraries | WBIR
The Tennessee school district said it already allows parents, students, and staff members to challenge books in school libraries.

NH Department of Education’s Book Inquiries Raise Alarm Among School Officials, Civil Liberties Advocates | NHPR
The New Hampshire Department of Education is heightening its scrutiny of books in libraries and classrooms, as schools continue to face pressure to remove titles that have LGBTQIA+ characters or deal with sexual themes.

Book Challenges Have Skyrocketed in Ohio. One Bookstore is Pushing Back | The Statehouse News Bureau
Banned Book Nook and Other Curiosities, in Wilmington, OH, highlights literature that's been challenged or removed from libraries.

Maia Kobabe: I did not write it to titillate a reader | Des Moines Register
Authors of banned books speak out.

Texas Urges Appeals Court to Revive Public School Book Ban | Reuters
Texas told a U.S. appeals court that its law banning sexually explicit books from public school libraries does not violate booksellers' free speech rights and urged a panel of judges to revive it.

Bible and YA Novel Challenged for Removal in Hanover County Public Schools | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Ninety-four books have now been removed from the Virginia school system since the school board rewrote its library materials policy in June.

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