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Workers vote on forming Missouri's only active library union

May. 17, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

Workers at a public library system based in Columbia are voting this week on whether to become the only active public librarians union in the state. If employees at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, which has branches in Columbia, Fulton, Ashland and Holts Summit, ratify the union,...

Utah AG memo: School book removal can violate 1st Amendment

May. 14, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

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...

Nampa school board votes to ban 22 books from libraries

May. 11, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

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.” The Nampa School Board made the vote on Monday, the Idaho...

Librarians, authors, publishers form anti-book ban coalition

May. 10, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Library Association, the American Federation of Teachers and more than a dozen other organizations have formed a coalition to fight the nationwide wave of book bans and challenges. Unite Against Book Bans ( https://uniteagainstbookbans.org ) also...

Nashville library offers 'I read banned books' library cards

May. 06, 2022 06:19 AM EDT

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 —...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 05, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

Rome News-Tribune. April 30, 2022. Editorial: To develop or not develop, that is the question It occasionally feels like we are our own worst enemy. We fuss and fret that we need housing, affordable preferably, and that we’d like to see more manufacturing jobs in...

Tennessee gov plans to sign school library scrutiny bill

May. 02, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

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. The Republican's comments to...

Denver librarians blog about strange items in returned books

Apr. 30, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — When Walt Disney said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island,” he likely wasn’t envisioning bologna slices stuffed between pages. But Denver librarians count the meat product among the trove of items found inside...

2022 Tennessee lawmaking session: What passed and failed

Apr. 29, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

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...

Tennessee lawmakers pass K-12 library oversight, end session

Apr. 28, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

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. The...