Maia Kobabe Creates Comic on Librarians, 'Gender Queer,' and Censorship Attacks | Censorship News

The author of the most challenged book in the country praises librarians and calls on people to support them; Alabama governor questions whether public libraries are family-friendly; South Carolina Board of Education severs ties with South Carolina Association of School Librarians; and more.

I Made the Most Banned Book in America | The Nib
Author Maia Kobabe created a comic about the support she has received from librarians, the importance of their work, and the wave of censorship attempts that made her graphic memoir Gender Queer the most challenged book in the country.

I Was the First Casualty of Georgia's Anti-Democratic School Book Ban | MSNBC
Katherine Rinderle read a children’s picture book, My Shadow is Purple, to her fifth-grade students in March. She was placed on administrative leave after a parent complained. Then, during a disciplinary conference in May, she was given the choice to resign or be terminated for violating district policies.

Alabama Governor Questions the Family-Friendly Environment of State's Public Libraries | WEAR News
In a letter from Governor Kay Ivey to the director of the Alabama Public Library Service, the governor says she's concerned about what kind of environment libraries throughout the state are providing to families and children. The governor says the root cause of her concerns stem from the exposure of youth to "inappropriate, sexually suggestive materials without the adequate means of parental supervision." 

After 50 Years, South Carolina Department of Education Will No Longer Partner with Librarian Association | WCNC on YouTube
State education superintendent Ellen Weaver decided to have the state's board of education cut ties with the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  Weaver sent a public letter to SCASL's president saying the group was "using hyperbolic rhetoric that politicizes" the issue of censorship.

Iowa District Acts to Comply with State Law, Presents Books to Ban | Times-Republican
Marshalltown (IA) director of instruction Shauna Smith and Marshalltown High School librarian Robert Gilbertson presented the Marshalltown Community School Board with a list of 20 books to be removed from school libraries during a school board meeting. The action is in compliance with new state law SF496, which prohibits school libraries from having age-inappropriate books or books containing descriptions or images of sex acts. Smith said the removal is temporary.

Conservative Book Ban Push Fuels Library Eodus From National Association | Associated Press
The Campbell County, WY, library withdrew from the American Library Association in what’s become a movement against the professional organization. This summer, the state libraries in Montana, Missouri, and Texas, and the local library in Midland, TX, announced they were leaving ALA. Right-wing lawmakers in at least nine other states—Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming—demand similar action.

For Teachers, a New Year—and New Book Bans—Means More Work | Rolling Stone
As conservative-led states target school books and curriculum, teachers say they’re being put in an impossible situation.

Jersey Towns Battle It Out Over Book Bans | New Jersey Monthly
New Jersey residents clash about what reading material should be available to children.

NC County School Board Temporarily Bans Stamped from Classrooms | PortCity Daily
The New Hanover County (NC) Board of Education voted 4-3 to temporarily remove Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. The removal will stay in effect until the board updates its policies on supplementary materials and can choose what some members called “a balanced book” to add to the syllabus.

Librarians Facing More Staffing Challenges, Threats, and Even Violence Amid Book Bans | WSOC
Many public librarians are being forced to quit over concerns about their safety amid a growing number of book bans nationwide with many of them in Texas, Florida, and South Carolina.


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