Arkansas Parents File Lawsuit in Latest Legal Effort to Fight Book Bans | Censorship News

Three Arkansas parents are suing, alleging that the relocation of LGBTQ+ books in the public library is unlawful censorship. Meanwhile, book ban battles continue in New York, Connecticut, Alaska, and Washington.

Crawford County Parents Sue Library System Over Relocation of LGBTQ+ Children’s Books | Arkansas Advocate
Three Arkansas parents have sued the county judge, quorum court, library board, and interim library director, alleging “unlawful censorship of materials,” specifically children’s books with LGBTQ+ topics, in the county’s five library branches. The plaintiffs object to “the stigmatization of certain books by placing a prominent color label on them and moving the books to a separate ‘social section’” in each library, according to the complaint.

Bill to Restrict Youth Access to ‘Sexually Explicit’ Public Library Books Advances in Louisiana | Associated Press
Louisiana’s bill, which is headed to the full House for debate and possible final passage, would require public libraries to create a card system that would prevent children from checking out “sexually explicit material” unless they have parental approval. Additionally, the bill would allow parents to bring books they feel are inappropriate to a local board for review of the material.

Two Connecticut School Board Members Resign Amid Book-Ban Controversy | Hartford Courant
Two Republican members of the Newtown Board of Education resigned amid a book-banning debate over the proposed banning, or restriction, of Mike Curato’s Flamer and Blankets by Craig Thompson in the high school library.

Central Bucks Released the Reports on Books It’s Banned and Kept. Here’s What They Show. | Philadelphia Inquirer
While the report shows checked boxes indicating the books contained specific forms of sexual content prohibited under a district policy passed last year, they offer no insight into the discussions of the committees that decided to ban Gender Queer and This Book is Gay. “They’re not very transparent,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Alaska City Council to Consider Moving Library Book About Teen Sex and Relationships | KRBD
The Ketchikan (AK) City Council will discuss whether Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being Human by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan should be moved out of the adult section of the public library. The original request had been reviewed by the head of children’s services, who determined the book should stay. The decision was upheld by the library director upon appeal.

Director: Lake Luzerne Library Will Not Ban Books | News 10
At a recent library board meeting in New York state, a discussion of a resolution against book bans faced objection by a trustee. Rockwell Falls Public Library director Courtney Keir is holding her ground against any attempts at censorship. “I will do my best as an advocate against censorship to see that this is not an issue that comes to fruition in this library. That’s my job, as a library professional. It’s what I eat, sleep, and breathe.”

Wenatchee School Board Hears Opposition to Book Bans | The Wenatchee World
Parents, librarians, teachers, and residents voiced concern over the possibility of banning certain LGBTQIA+ books from school libraries at a Wenatchee (WA) school board meeting.

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