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Library to finish late employee's work on slave records

Sep. 24, 2022 01:14 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — With the creation of an index and a catalog of slave records at the Greenville County Library System, Rulinda Price helped make it easier for African Americans to trace their families’ history in South Carolina. Price died in August at the age of 66, but...

No suspension for teacher who refused to censor student news

Sep. 18, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school officials have rescinded their suspension of a high school journalism advisor who had refused to censor a student's news article naming an unvaccinated campus librarian. The teacher, Adriana Chavira, was facing a suspension of three days...

Book ban efforts surging in 2022, library association says

Sep. 16, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. “I've never seen anything like this,” says...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Sep. 14, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 11 The Washington Post on the Respect for Marriage Act The American public overwhelmingly supports marriage equality. More than 70 percent believe same-sex marriage should be legal,...

Miami-Dade to turn ‘wasted space’ into vibrant neighborhood

Sep. 11, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — This is the vision: At the western end of downtown Miami, a dense, walkable, transit-centered and family-friendly high-rise district would bloom over eight city blocks. Rents for thousands of apartments would fall within reach of the average Miamian. Children would...

Fight over future of library that sparked civil rights ideas

Sep. 03, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

A library where Rosa Parks, John Lewis and other civil rights leaders forged strategies that would change the world is mired in controversy over who gets to tell its story. On one side are preservationists who want to turn the Highlander Folk School library into a historic site. On...

Missouri to ban sexual images in school library books

Aug. 26, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri law outlawing books with sexually explicit images from school libraries is about to take effect. Starting Sunday, it will be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a $2,000 fine for librarians and other educators to give...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 22, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. August 21, 2022. Editorial: Mounting threats to elections workers should concern us all Imagine going to work every day to protect American democracy and the cherished right to vote, and being threatened with violence and death just because...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 22, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. August 21, 2022. Editorial: Mounting threats to elections workers should concern us all Imagine going to work every day to protect American democracy and the cherished right to vote, and being threatened with violence and death just because...

'Street librarian' aims to bring Baltimore kids more books

Aug. 20, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Araba Maze noticed neighborhood kids gathering around her as she read children’s books to her niece on her front stoop. As she wrapped up storytelling, one of the kids asked, “When are you gonna do this again?” She later made it an everyday occurrence to have...