Missouri Legislation Takes First Step in Stripping Public Library Funding | Censorship News

The Missouri House approves state budget that strips public libraries of funding, students protest in Oregon, a 100-year-old woman speaks out against censorship in Florida, a Utah parent challenges the Bible, and more in this week's censorship news.

Students protest in Oregon, a 100-year-old woman speaks out against censorship in Florida, and a Utah parent challenges the Bible in this week's censorship news.

Missouri House Gives Initial Approval to Budget that Strips Public Library Funding | St. Louis Public Radio
The legislative move was a response to a lawsuit by the ACLU of Missouri on behalf of the Missouri Library Association and Missouri Association of School Librarians challenging a new state law that bans some materials from school libraries. 

Spring Branch (TX) ISD Board Takes Over Book Challenges | Fox 26

The Texas district's school board voted to allow the Board of Trustees to decide if books should be banned, without input from teachers and librarians. This decision is reportedly temporary and at the request of the superintendent.

100-Year-Old Martin County Woman Criticizes Florida's Book Ban | WPTV
Grace Linn spoke at a school board meeting, showing a quilt she had made of books that have been banned. She also shared that her first husband died fighting for freedom in World War II and stated that banning books goes against what he fought for.

A Utah Parent Says the Bible Should Be Removed from School Libraries | The Salt Lake Tribune
The parent challenged the Bible in response to a rash of book banning attempts, saying the district would find that the Bible “has ‘no serious values for minors’ because it’s pornographic by our new definition.”

Students Protest after Canby School District Removes 35 Books from School Libraries | KGW8
The Oregon high school students objected to nearly three dozen books being taken off the shelves without having gone through the review process.

St. Tammany Library Decides to Keep Books About Transgender Children on Their Shelves | 4WWL

Using a new review process at the Louisiana library, five books—four that include transgender issues—were discussed by residents, advocates, and library officials to decide if the titles would remain in their respective sections or be available only on request. The library decided to keep the books on the shelves.

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