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EveryLibrary Starts Petition to Help End Book Banning in the U.S.
EveryLibrary shared an update on censorship measures in libraries and urges everyone to sign its petition to lawmakers. “Librarians around the United States are facing measures that mean that they may soon find themselves under attack for stocking books against racism and about the lives and experiences of LGBT Americans,” EveryLibrary notes. It calls out the following states:
- In Texas, school librarians are facing an increased workload as a result of an order to survey their collections for titles deemed potentially dangerous.
- In Wyoming, a recent violent public outcry forced library staff to cancel a program for children. … Many have called for the removal of books that they disagree with accompanied by criminal charges and arrests for librarians found to be in noncompliance.
- In Indiana, a bill that would punish schools and public libraries for sharing ‘harmful material’ with minors, was withdrawn before its final reading in the Senate by the author of the bill, Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville.
View the petition, titled Don’t Ban Books in the United States, here. “Government should not get to dictate reading material that is available in libraries,” says John Chrastka, EveryLibrary’s executive director. “We’re encouraging the people who are alarmed by these recent acts of legislation to sign our petition. Our lawmakers must hear from the voters that they support freedom of speech in libraries.”
For more information, read the press release.
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