Another Court Win for Intellectual Freedom; OH Bill Would Defund Public Libraries Displaying 'Harmful Books' | Censorship News

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled against the state's board of education, which wanted to remove books from a district library; proposed Ohio legislation could defund public libraries; Utah to release list of books banned from all public schools; and more news.

'NO JURISDICTION': Oklahoma Supreme Court Makes Ruling Regarding Controversial District School Library Books | News9
Justices with the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that decisions over what is in school libraries lies with local boards, not with the state, and the Oklahoma State Board of Education cannot force Edmond (OK) Public Schools to remove two books from its high school libraries.

Ohio Bill Would Defund Public Libraries for Displaying ‘Harmful’ Books | NBC4
Public libraries found displaying books “harmful to juveniles” could lose funding under a new Ohio bill that teachers and librarians said is part of a statehouse effort to censor materials that promote diversity and inclusion. House Bill 622 would “require each board of public library trustees to adopt a policy that prohibits its libraries from displaying matter harmful to juveniles and to redistribute the public library funds of libraries that fail to do so,” the measure states.

Florida School Board Bans Book About Book Bans | USA Today
Indian River County (FL) School Board members said they disliked how Ban This Book by Alan Gratz referenced other books that already had been removed from schools and accused it of "teaching rebellion of school board authority." The board said the book "challenges our authority."

Iowa’s Book Ban Law Reaches Federal Appeals Court | Iowa Public Radio
A federal ruling is blocking enforcement of a law that forces schools to remove books with sexual content from libraries. An appeals court will decide if that injunction stays in place.

Here’s How Utah Plans to Enforce Statewide Book Ban Retroactively | The Salt Lake Tribune
A list of the first-ever books to be banned from every public school in Utah will be released in two months.

Indiana District School Board Narrowly Rejects Ban on Controversial LGBTQIA+ Book | WISH8
The Carmel Clay (IN) School Board voted 3-2 not to remove a queer memoir from school libraries during a contentious meeting. In All Boys Aren’t Blue, author George M. Johnson talks about his life growing up as a queer Black man in New Jersey and Virginia through a series of essays.

What’s a Book Ban Anyway? Depends on who you ask | NPR
Librarians, authors, and others weigh in.

Alabama Library Association Concerned about Cost of Implementing Library System Code Changes | Alabama Political Reporter
Smaller libraries in particular may have to get creative, and spend money, to make sections for youth more distinctive from adult sections.

Hundreds Gather for Wisconsin Street Party Rallying Against Book Banning | Northern News Now
It was the third year of the Stand With the Banned Street Party in Bayfield, WI.

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