Texas Teacher Keeps Secret Shelf of Challenged and Banned Books | Censorship News

A Texas teacher is finding a way to get her students access to titles; in Alabama, the public library system breaks ties with ALA and is set to review 82 books, while a grassroots organization aims to fight censorship in the state.

A Secret Shelf of Banned Books Thrives in a Texas School, Under the Nose of Censors | NPR
In the far suburbs of Houston, TX, three teenagers are talking at a coffee shop about a clandestine bookshelf in their public school classroom. It's filled with books that have been challenged or banned.

Alabama Pulls Out of American Library Association | WFSA12
The Alabama Public Library Service has officially voted to not renew its membership with the American Library Association. 

Amish Romance Books, Rush Limbaugh Under Review After Complaints to Alabama Library Agency | AL.com
Alabama library directors will review 82 books flagged as potentially inappropriate for children. The Alabama Public Library Service received dozens of submissions since publicizing a complaint form last month for “parents concerned about the appropriateness of some resources available to children and teenagers in the state’s public libraries.” 

Group Hopes to Combat Efforts to Reduce Book Access at Alabama Libraries | Fox54
A group called Read Freely Alabama is dedicating itself to "pushing back against library censorship."

UC Berkeley Students Combat K-12 Book Bans by Creating Their Own Children’s Books | Berkeley News
Students from an Introduction to Chicano History course spent the fall semester researching Chicanx history, centering their scholarship on the experiences and historical contributions of Chicanx women and marginalized communities. They then used those histories to produce original narratives and illustrations in storybook form for elementary students. Those books are currently accessible in digital form and hard copies will be published for distribution to states and school districts where this history is openly banned.

Tennessee Bill Lets Residents Petition for Book Bans Over 'Community Standards' | The Tennessean
Two years after Tennessee lawmakers passed the controversial Age Appropriate Materials Act—creating restrictions and enforcement of what is accessible to children in public school libraries—a House Republican has proposed a bill that looks to create an easier path for residents to remove content they deem inappropriate from all public libraries. The legislation seeks to set up a petition process for residents to remove content from anywhere accessible to minors in public or school libraries if the content is considered contrary to “contemporary community standards”—whether online or in person.

Lawsuit Against Tennessee School Board Advances After Judge Denies Request to Dismiss It | Williamson Herald
A lawsuit filed last August against the Williamson County (TN) Board of Education regarding “age-appropriate” books in school libraries is moving forward after a judge recently denied the board’s request to have the case dismissed. 

West Virginia Library Obscenity Bill Has Faded into the Stacks But Remains a Concern to Librarians | Metro News
Legislation to open libraries to felony prosecution if minors gain access to obscene materials has been a source of controversy, but it hasn’t yet hit a committee agenda. A public hearing to discuss the implications divided participants and drew attention from the public, particularly as some presenters read explicit material aloud. But the bill has not yet come before a committee.

Wyoming Bill Would Repeal Obscenity Exemption for Libraries and Schools | Gilette News Record
Some Wyoming legislators are trying again to change state law that currently exempts schools and libraries from the state's obscenity law.

Idaho State Affairs Committee Tries Banning Books Containing "Obscene Materials" in Public Libraries | The Arbiter (Boise State University)
HB 384 restricts “obscene content” from public/school libraries. Books containing masturbation, homosexuality, or sex would be prohibited.

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