SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Supreme Court has long recognized that students have their own First Amendment rights in school.
Removing books from school libraries, as some parent groups and individuals in Utah have pushed local school boards and administrators to do this school year over what they deem inappropriate content, “can constitute an official suppression of ideas, in violation of the First Amendment,” says a new memo sent to schools by the Utah Attorney General’s Office.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school board in southwestern Idaho has permanently banned 22 popular books from the district's libraries, including Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale” and Khaled Hosseini's “Kite Runner.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Public Library is responding to library scrutiny in Tennessee with a goal to distribute 5,000 “I read banned books” library cards this month.
“I want Nashvillians to know: Nashville Public Library will always respect your Freedom to Read — to independently determine what you read, and don’t read, and to exercise your role in determining what your children read,” library Director Kent Oliver said in a news release.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Monday he plans to sign a bill that would would let a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers cut taxes, helped subsidize a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans, added a new level of scrutiny for school library content and imposed tougher restrictions on transgender athletes in a busy 2022 legislative session that wrapped up for the year Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers closed out their annual legislative session Thursday, striking a deal that would let a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans advanced legislation Wednesday that would place more scrutiny over what books are placed in public schools libraries, moments after the bill’s House sponsor said any inappropriate book should be burned.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed conservative Republicans’ proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports and a GOP proposal aimed at making it easier for parents to try to remove materials from public school classrooms and libraries.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers considered a final batch of bills Thursday before ending a 60-day session marked by Republicans wielding their supermajority clout to put their stamp on key state policies.
RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi library is on track to receive the full amount of money it was budgeted, months after a mayor threatened to withhold funding because the library displayed LGBTQ books for young readers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, has never been so busy.
“A year ago, we might have been receiving one, maybe two reports a day about a book being challenged at a library.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Republican lawmakers are forming a working group to study allegations that Idaho libraries are making explicit materials available to minors.
The Idaho Senate Republicans announced the plans for a working group over the weekend, the Idaho Press reported.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House and Senate each adjourned Friday until late next week, giving them time to wait out potential vetoes by Republican Gov. Brad Little.
“It's difficult to override a veto,” said Republican Senate President Pro-Tem Chuck Winder.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House Republicans, thwarted in passing a bill to fine and jail librarians for checking out “harmful” material to minors, on Friday passed a resolution to form a group to study the matter.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Saying Florida public schools are making sexually explicit books available to children, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday to give parents a say in what books schools can and can't have in their libraries.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia teacher has created his own library for sharing books that others have tried to ban.
Richard Clifton, an English teacher at the Savannah Arts Academy, started the “little free library” in his front yard during the pandemic to share books with his neighbors.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top Republican in the Idaho Senate said Wednesday a House-approved bill to fine librarians $1,000 and send them to jail for a year for checking out material to a minor that could harm them is dead.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A provision that aimed to restrict Indiana students from accessing “harmful materials” at libraries was killed for a final time after lawmakers voted down the language in the last minutes of the Legislative session Wednesday.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation with the potential to fine Idaho librarians $1,000 and send them to jail for a year for checking out material to a minor that could harm them cleared the House on Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — GOP legislative leaders on Thursday maintained that parents need more transparency on what students are being exposed to inside Tennessee's public schools, but a handful conceded the arguments recently used to condemn teachers and libraries had crossed a line.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amid a national spike in book challenges and bans, school librarians across Tennessee are quickly becoming the target of scorn and skepticism from Republican lawmakers and parents pushing for more oversight on what materials are provided to children.
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school district has reversed its earlier decision to remove a book from its school libraries in the face of criticism and a class-action lawsuit.
The Wentzville School Board on Friday accepted a review committee's recommendation to retain Toni Morrison's “The Bluest Eye," which it had previously banned because of its explicit descriptions of sex, violence, rape and incest, the St.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Copies of racist and antisemitic flyers have been discovered inside history books at a campus library at Williams College.
Officials at the college have posted a sign at the entrance of Sawyer Library alerting library users about the flyers, and asking anyone who finds additional flyers to tell library officials.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Thursday approved two Republican-backed bills that would loosen gun laws by allowing firearms in libraries and many other public buildings and by permitting loaded weapons to be carried in vehicles on school grounds.
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Two students have sued a suburban St. Louis school district over its decision to remove several books from school libraries.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sued the Wentzville School District on Tuesday on behalf of the students, who aren't named in the lawsuit because they are minors, KWMU-FM reported.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The library system serving Ohio's capital city and some surrounding suburbs will reopen its branches on Sundays after the easing of staffing shortages related to the coronavirus pandemic, library officials said Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Less than a week after a local Tennessee school board attracted national attention for banning a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, Gov.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers pushed forward a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that aims to restrict students from accessing “harmful materials” at libraries.
Republican Sen. Jim Tomes of Wadesville said his legislation would remove educational purposes as a reason that public schools and libraries could claim legal protection for sharing “harmful material” with minors.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature is considering three bills aimed at improving education for Native American students that would increase funding to tribal education departments and libraries and allow more tribal control over how funds are spent.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday killed legislation that would have required parental consent for students to check out sexually explicit books from school libraries.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine education groups have joined an intellectual freedom campaign to push back against reports that certain books are inappropriate for school libraries.
Educate Maine, the organizer of the campaign, said “these challenges are about more than the content of the texts; they are attempts to silence and erase the truths and humanity of the books’ characters and creators."
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A special exhibit at the University of Mississippi explores the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and ’40s.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature begins the 2022 session Monday with nearly $2 billion in the bank and a strong urge by Republican legislative leaders and the governor to cut taxes.
There will be pushback from Democrats and others who will call for spending some of the excess cash on priority areas such as public schools and improved child care, and leaders from both parties acknowledge Iowa should deal with a lack of workers to fill open jobs.
ATLANTA (AP) — Social conservatives are looking to push education policy to the forefront when Georgia lawmakers begin meeting Monday, driven by a national tumult over the pandemic and race.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 40 public libraries in New Hampshire are getting a share of $825,000 in federal funding to increase services and programs that anticipate the changing needs of their patrons.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah school district is removing two books from libraries after a complaint from a parent.
The Washington County School District in Southern Utah will pull the award-winning books “Out of Darkness” and “The Hate U Give," communications director Steven Dunham told KTVX.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County officials have adopted a new policy prohibiting the director of Minneapolis’ libraries from running the facilities from Los Angeles.
Chad Helton was hired in 2020 and moved to Los Angeles this summer, saying he could run the libraries through video conferencing.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A recent Wyoming school board meeting was again packed with opponents of mask mandates when things took an abrupt turn and a parent started reading aloud sexually explicit passages from a book available in school libraries.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia library has removed a display that placed the Bible alongside two books that activists have sought to remove from school libraries as pornographic and obscene.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — An oral history of a deadly wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and devastated Gatlinburg in 2016 will be easily accessible to the public beginning on Tuesday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years ago, a group of Black students was arrested and jailed for peacefully studying at the white-only Jackson Municipal Public Library.
Today, shelves in public libraries in the Jackson-Hinds Library System display books called “We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide," “How To Be Anti-Racist" and other titles about combating racism and white supremacy.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is investigating complaints related to the removal of several books from high school library shelves in a suburban Salt Lake City district after a parent complaint.
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — City officials in Homer are considering accepting funds for additional little libraries around the community.
The Homer City Council plans a hearing next month on a proposed ordinance to accept $25,000 in federal grant funds for the public library.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board rescinded a directive for staff to pull books with “sexually explicit” books from libraries early Tuesday after hours of passionate public comment.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public libraries need more security to protect patrons and staff from a rise in violence and destruction, officials said.
“The staff has faced verbal abuse, knives pulled out on security guards.
GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district has agreed to resume allowing its libraries to check out books that a parent had challenged.
The Goddard district wrote in an email that school principals and librarians made the decision during a meeting Wednesday.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school board directed staff to remove books with “sexually explicit” material from libraries after a parent raised concerns about books available through a school’s digital library app at Monday’s meeting.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Irvin Mayfield, the jazz trumpet player who became a symbol of New Orleans resilience after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for steering charity money meant for public libraries to his personal use.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's public libraries will no longer charge late fees and will waive existing fines for overdue books and other materials, city officials announced Tuesday.
Late fees had already been suspended since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and will now be permanently eliminated, elected officials and leaders of the city's three library systems said in a news release.
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Crews are getting ready to start restoring windows in a century-old building in Beaufort that were damaged by hurricanes over the past several years.
The work on the 29 windows of the Carnegie Library building is being paid for through a $188,000 federal grant, The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported.