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Georgia GOP senators seek to ban sexually explicit books from school libraries, reduce sex education

Feb. 21, 2024 21:51 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican senators in Georgia want to cull sexually explicit books from schools, ban sex education for younger students, display the Ten Commandments in classrooms and allow religious chaplains to counsel teachers and students. The measures, which passed Senate...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Feb. 07, 2024 07:23 AM EST

Cullman Times. February 1, 2024. Editorial: Testing your news literacy This past week wrapped up annual National News Literacy Week with an opportunity to test your awareness of what’s news and what isn’t — so if keeping up with the news were a quiz, how well do...

Lorrie Moore and Naomi Klein among nominees for National Book Critics Circle awards

Jan. 25, 2024 14:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lorrie Moore, Naomi Klein and the Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle awards. Honorary prizes are going to Judy Blume and to a longtime ally of Blume's in the fight against book bans, the American Library Association. ...

Dave Eggers' children's book 'The Eyes & the Impossible' wins prestigious Newbery Medal

Jan. 22, 2024 20:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Eggers is now an award-winning children’s author. Eggers’ “The Eyes & the Impossible,” the great adventure of a very fast dog, has received the John Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book, an honor previously given to Beverly Cleary,...

Roxanna Asgarian's 'We Were Once a Family' and Amanda Peters' 'The Berry Pickers' win library medals

Jan. 20, 2024 11:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In the childhood home of author Roxanna Asgarian, there were restrictions on how often the television could be on and which programs could be watched. Books were placed under a much looser set of rules. “Mom would take us to the library and gave us...

From emotional support to business advice, winners of I Love My Librarian awards serve in many ways

Dec. 18, 2023 11:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winners of the I Love My Librarian Award, $5,000 honors presented by the American Library Association, took on a lot more than selecting books and fighting bans. Diana Haneski, at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is a...