Due to the holiday in the US this week, the roundup of news and views on book censorship will be shorter than usual.
Although there are several right-wing groups eager to implement movie-style book ratings in library titles, the reality is that book rating systems are an exercise in futility and bias. Julia Rittenberg does an excellent job of explaining why book rating systems don’t work, and I also recommend tuning in to a recent episode of the You’re Wrong About podcast that delves into the history of the movie rating system and how easily it can be found. they buy, they subvert, and troublesome it has been. After reading and listening to those two deep dives into the challenges of book classification systems, she’ll want to read Richard Price’s Thoughts on Classifications.
The fact is that books have classification systems. They are categorized and the books for young people have age ranges for suggested audiences. But in addition, it is the responsibility of each caregiver to know what their children, and only their children, are reading, and to talk with them about what they can and cannot access.
In the aftermath of yet another hate crime committed this week against queer people, all enjoying their weekend at a gay bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, here’s a reminder that there’s a straight line between book intolerance and murder. of innocent LGBTQ+ people.
This is not, nor has it ever been, about the books.
Book Censorship News: November 25, 2022
- A city in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania plans to cut library funding because it “doesn’t reflect the city’s conservative values.” Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
- Without a funding source, the Patmos (MI) Public Library, which has had its millage fees rejected in two elections due to 4 (FOUR!) queer books being questioned, will close in September 2024.
- Owasso (OK) Public Schools removed all 3,000 graphic novels “for review” after ONE parent complaint.
- Several books have apparently been taken off the shelves and others have been placed “on lockdown” at the Spartanburg (SC) Public Libraries. What they are or why they were removed are some key elements missing from this report.
- “St. Marys City Commission [KS] You are threatening the existence of a public library simply by having Gino’s book in stock.” This is where we are.
- The ACLU is investigating the bathroom and book bans that were implemented in the Keller and Frisco Independent School Districts (TX) last week. These are very obvious violations of civil rights, promoted by extremists in those forums.
- The Hempfield Area (PA) School District will continue to fight the book challenges and purchase policies next week.
- Kapaa Public Library (HI) has a book challenge let’s talk about it.
- how it all blew up it will remain on the shelves of the Willard (MO) Public Schools. recently removed Oryx and Crake.
- A place inside me: a poem to heal the heart it will remain on the shelves of Hendersonville (TN) Schools. It was originally challenged because it referenced Black Lives Matter.
- ““To imply that the Millard School District librarians [UT], even through negligence, are filling libraries with material harmful to children is nothing short of an insult,” he told the board. “Make no mistake. When we vilify the selected books…we are vilifying the people who selected those books. In a county with no bookstores and where a large portion of parents cannot afford their children’s lunch, let alone buy additional books, to take a book out of the school library is to deny children and their parents the option of reading it.” “This article does a good job of explaining that the book ban movement, and the charge led in this district by a person who He doesn’t even have children, he is political and has nothing to do with child protection.
- The Idaho Liberty Dogs have been going after Meridian Public Library (ID) and this week, administrators and staff re-emphasized that they have no right to take away the First Amendment rights of others.
- The Carroll Community School District (IA) met Monday to review 10 books that are being challenged in the district. According to the meeting update, only one book was discussed and Sold out will remain available in the library.
- Surprise, surprise: The list of books selected for review in Beaufort County, South Carolina, came from a local conservative politician… who took the very titles from Moms For Liberty, who sent them out minutes later. However, the writer could stop giving legitimacy to the hate group.
- save the bones is under challenge in Guilford County (NC) Schools.
- “A group of Van Meter [IA] Parents have filed a petition asking the district to remove curriculum that introduces LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom.” I guess if you never mention queer people, they just won’t exist.
- LGBTQ+ books are under fire at the Parkersburg (WV) Public Library, though the city council that heard the complaints has taken no action.
- My Book, Plus 300+ Others, Is Banned In Missouri: Book Censorship News, November 18, 2022
- There Are No Two Sides to the Holocaust: Book Censorship News, November 11, 2022
- Book Banners Are Weaponizing Legitimate Resources: Book Censorship News, October 28, 2022
- Republicans Propose Federal “Don’t Say Gay” Bill: Book Censorship News, October 21, 2022
- What is a Book Sanctuary?: Book Censorship News, October 14, 2022
- Book Banners Insist They Don’t Ban Books: Book Censorship News, Oct 7, 2022
- Who Sidesteps “Parental Rights” Groups: Book Censorship News, September 30, 2022
- Who Are the Book Banning Groups Near You?: Book Censorship News, September 23, 2022
- A List of Banned Books Week Actions: Book Censorship News, September 16, 2022