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Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 29, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Kansas City Star. November 28, 2022. Editorial: Missouri’s Jay Ashcroft aims to ‘hold libraries accountable,’ opening door to book bans A new rule proposed by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft could kick open the door for special interest groups to...

Homer library board delays decision on moving LGBTQ+ books

Nov. 18, 2022 20:04 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A library advisory board heard nearly four hours of testimony this week on whether more than 50 books with LGBTQ+ themes should be moved to the adult section of the Homer Public Library but delayed making a decision. The board said the delay would give members...

Homer library board to decide if LBGTQ+ books will stay

Nov. 14, 2022 16:01 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An advisory board for the Homer Public Library is expected to hear arguments Tuesday on whether more than 40 books aimed at children and juveniles with LGBTQ+ themes should be removed or moved to the adult section of the library. Homer Public Library Director...

Library caught in flap over LGBTQ material loses millage

Nov. 09, 2022 21:18 PM EST

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An embattled western Michigan library targeted by residents opposed to LGBTQ materials on its shelves has lost most of its funding with the latest failure of the renewal of a property tax millage. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

AP Photos: America votes in laundromats, schools, libraries

Nov. 08, 2022 20:47 PM EST

Americans were voting Tuesday in a key election that will decide whether Republicans end the Democratic Party’s hold on Washington and take back the House and Senate. The balloting marks the first major national elections since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and the U.S....

Dogs gifted by Kim Jong Un at center of South Korean row

Nov. 08, 2022 06:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A pair of dogs gifted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018 are now mired in a South Korean political row, with the country’s former president blaming his conservative successor for a lack of financial support as he gave the animals up. Moon...

Banned book lesson thrusts Oklahoma teacher into campaign

Nov. 06, 2022 08:39 AM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Summer Boismier was living her childhood dream. She grew up a bookworm, became a high school English teacher, and filled both her classroom and home with her favorite literature. She taught her students: “Stories are what is fundamental about the human...

South Carolina county could restrict children's books on sex

Oct. 30, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Officials in South Carolina's most populous county are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would restrict children from accessing public library books and electronic materials that are “promoting sexuality.” Local news outlets report the...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Oct. 25, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

Kansas City Star. October 20, 2022. Editorial: Missouri secretary of state wants to police library books. That’s not government’s job In his own words, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is a champion of public libraries. “Supporting the efforts of...

Ashcroft wants tighter rules on racy public library books

Oct. 21, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, a top Republican prospect for governor, wants to block public funding for library books that might appeal to the “prurient” — meaning sexual — interests of minors. Ashcroft proposed the new rule on libraries...