As Challenges for LGBTQ Books Increase, Some Louisiana Librarians Afraid to Go to Work (2023)

COVINGTON, LA. - Librarians in Louisiana are being attacked and harassed by conservative activists who want to ban or restrict access to LGBTQ books in public libraries.

Ever since Amanda Jones, a high school librarian, spoke out against censorship over the summer, she's been in the crosshairs of a growing campaign across the state.

Conservative groups began to challenge certain books in their community, and Jones protested during a public council meeting in July, saying everyone in the city deserved to have access to information and be reflected in the public library's collection.

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"Just because you don't want to read or see [a particular book] doesn't give you the right to reject others or ask for their relocation," Jones said at the meeting. She is President of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians and has worked as an educator and librarian in Livingston Parish, Louisiana for over two decades.

"Once you start changing and locking a subject, it becomes a slippery slope, and where does it end?" She added. Since then, Jones has reportedly faced relentless online attacks, including false claims that she shares "sexually erotic and pornographic material" with 6-year-olds and "advocates teaching 11-year-olds anal sex," according to a libel. Explanation. Jones filed a lawsuit in August against the owners of two conservative Facebook groups. In court documents, Jones claimed she was "deviant and a danger to children". The lawsuit was dismissed in September, but Jones intends to appeal.

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A Valentine's Day book display at St. Tammany features the young adult department and reading area at the Covington, Louisiana office. Photo by Roby Chavez/PBS NewsHour

Despite the fact that opinion polls show at the national levelParents are happierAs your children are educated, efforts to ban or challenge books in schools and libraries have increased over the past year as a conservative political movement in the name of parental rights focuses on literature focused primarily on race, gender and LGBTQ issues. topics focused.

The American Library Association, which oversees the yearlySeries of book challenges, documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources between January 1 and August 31, 2022. Around 1,650 individual titles were attacked during this period. The ALA said the latest numbers would exceed last year's totals.

In Louisiana, politicians like Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry helped stoke tensions. Landry began in December encouraging state residents to set up a hotline to notify librarians, teachers and other staff if they provide children with library materials that contain "extremely explicit sexual content."

In this charged climate, some members of groups that lead book challenges and promote censorship have been appointed to library boards, and have also called on local authorities to withdraw funds from libraries they say provide access to dangerous materials for children. The groups have expressed support for what they see as traditional Christian values ​​in public settings and have used law enforcement to quell protests. Library patrons have called police over librarians accused of harming children.

Jones took a sabbatical from her job as a librarian in January due to increasing scrutiny. It was "very scary" being a librarian now, she said, to the point of panic attacks.

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Nationally recognized "Librarian of the Year" Amanda Jones has sued two conservative groups for defamation and harassment after speaking out against restrictions on the library's content in July. Photo courtesy of the WAFB

"I'm scared of going out in public. I fear for my safety," he said. "I bought a taser. I bought pepper spray. I have extra security cameras in my house.”

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Libraries under investigation

The battle over the library's contents intensified in recent months when the state police chief announced that his office had opened an investigation into Louisiana libraries. Landry said the effort found some state libraries offer children "unrestricted access to sexually explicit materials."

Landry, who is also running for governor, said soThe state needs a law to restrict itwhat minors can take from public libraries. Flanked by state lawmakers and parents at a news conference earlier this month, the Attorney General a54-page reporttitled "Protection of Innocence" which includes excerpts from several books Landry highlighted, including those with LGBTQ themes.

"It's not about banning lifestyles or anything else," Landry said. “This does not mean that we ban or censor voices. That means some books have to be taken away from children."

Lynette Mejia, co-founder of Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship, called the report "a waste of valuable taxpayers' money" and "political acrobatics by a candidate desperate to use the national culture wars for his own political gain here at home."

The Louisiana ACLU criticized the report.

"Overly broad laws that restrict freedom of speech and thought are contrary to the First Amendment," said Executive Director Alanah one sentence."It hasn't gone unnoticed that the vast majority of titles and authors being criticized by the Attorney General today were written by and about people of color, women and the LGBTQ+ community."

Auditing of libraries, books, study materials and curriculum has become a key issue for conservative politicians across the country. In Florida, the Department of Education launched a statewide initiativereview reading materialmade available to children in schools, under a law that came into force last summer that could face harsh penalties for any educator who makes books available deemed inappropriate. Missouri librarians were forced to remove books from shelvesunder threat of criminal chargeslast fall. Virginia has established a whistleblower line to encourage parents to report critical race theory classroom materials, butfinish the effort in silencelast year.

All of this effort comes at a time when voters say they don't support a book ban. In a poll conducted just before the midterm elections, 75% of voters said they would"Prevent Book Ban"it was an important consideration when choosing who to support. Only 8% of voters said they thought “too many” books should be banned.

In Louisiana, Landry's report cited nine books that contained what he called "sexually explicit material" that were found "available for children in one or more public libraries," but did not name the libraries.

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IsLibrary Association of Louisianaissued a statement calling the allegations "false" and said the report "proposes a solution to a non-existent problem. "Louisiana public libraries have policies and safeguards in place that allow parents to make good decisions for their children."

This is the second time Landry has joined the book ban fight. In December he started his"Child Protection"Website urging the public to denounce what he calls "taxpayer-sponsored sexualization of children."

Landryarguedthat taxpayers should not subsidize libraries and schools that have "licensed material" on their shelves.

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is releasing his report, "Protection of Innocence," looking at the contents of books in public libraries, after a six-month investigation. Landry has called for legislation to restrict what children and young people can take out of public libraries. Photo courtesy of the WAFB

In DecemberPost on Facebook, wrote: "Libraries should be safe places for children to develop a lifelong love of reading, explore intellectual passions, and pursue dreams of a fulfilling career, not where they are exposed to books with extremely sexual content (or worse). . Graphic. ”

Landry's office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from PBS NewsHour.

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Critics like Peyton Rose Michelle, executive director ofTrans women advocates in Louisianawho is the first openly trans person elected to political office in Louisiana, the new complaint calls a "whistleblower."

He slammed Landry for "incredibly inflammatory rhetoric," adding that the attorney general's actions amounted to "an overstatement by the government in interfering in our lives and saying what we can and can't do."

Michelle, who is a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, described how dangerous it is to remove or ban books, especially for young trans people who "need to know they belong".

"During my trans youth, or even before I knew what trans was ... I thought I was so far from normal that I was wrong," she said. "It's not good for a child to think they can't be saved."

"When I saw my first trans book, it was completely mind-blowing to see how things were approached in a way that would have changed my life had I seen it at a younger age."

From silence to chaos

Normally quiet libraries and council meetings have been turned into anxious spaces in several communities across the state, including Bossier, Livingston, Rapides and Lafayette.

The majority of book challenges in Louisiana over the past year have focused on LGBTQ-related children's and youth titlesan Analysis of the Louisiana Illuminator. Of the state's 64 municipalities, only five said they received impeachments in the past year.

The biggest row over the books revolves around the parish of St. Tammany, a New Orleans suburb, where a growing list of more than 150 books is being challenged in a coordinated campaign to pressure the seven members of St. Library. .

Since August, St. Tammany has received 188 "Statements of Concern" on the 150 books.

She received about 80 percent of the 188 Challenges St. Tammany from Connie Phillips, an organizer of the St. Louis Parish Library Accountability Project Facebook group. tammany Although the group has publicly stated that it opposes the book's ban, some of the online filings are calling for the book's immediate removal. Many challenges required moving the books.

Among the most scrutinized books is Maia Kobabe's 2019 graphic memoir Gender Queer, whichexamines gender identity and sexuality. In the novel, Kobabe, who is non-binary, describes how discovering queer books in a library was an affirmation for a high school student. he was itmost controversial book in the countryin 2021, according to the ALA.

Phillips argued in one of four challenges the book received that Kobabe's novel contains sexually explicit content that violates state obscenity laws.

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At a November presentation of St. Tammany, a member is showing several books the group has questioned. The group says the book is "sexually explicit and pornographic". Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Parish Library Accountability Project. tammany

Kelly LaRocca, Principal of St. Tammany, has been a librarian for 17 years. She said the number of controversial books has skyrocketed in recent months because a few complaints surfaced every few years.

Since the summer turmoil, St. Tammany has launched a costly 120-day review of controversial books that will redirect staff and resources. So far none have been withdrawn. However, until all books have been read and reviewed, access to the 150+ books is limited and available on request only.

LaRocca said monthly public meetings are now filled with "passionate" groups speaking out against censorship, and others argue that some library content exposes children to pornographic material and different perspectives on race, gender and sexuality.

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During a November presentation to the board, conservative groups presented a slide that read, "From kindergarten through college, the library has a taxpayer-sponsored and organized agenda to desensitize, brainwash, abuse and rush its sons." to prepare".

Anti-censorship and LGBTQ groups reacted loudly.

"It's a dystopian nightmare. It's just hatred of the queer community," said Mel Manuel, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Library Alliance over repeated calls for the books to be removed. The group was formed in August after an intensified scrutiny of library books. "I think what me What surprised me was the intensity and also the fact that he had the support of political figures." Manuel sees efforts to censor literature as part of a larger and more dangerous societal shift. "That's how it starts: labeling someone a villain and a scapegoat for all your problems," they said.

St. Tammany's Facebook page describes itself as a group of parents and parishioners who say they want more control over the library system. Some members want to set up a separate Community Advisory Committee to review library book purchases and move controversial books to an area inaccessible to minors.

Local activists like Manuel said local councils are not qualified to decide whether or not to remove the books. They worry that it "is not made up of a diverse group of residents who represent the community as a whole," adding that "obtaining books is the librarian's job."

In response to an increase in book challenges, St. Tammany implementeda new system in january. It changed its policy regarding controversial material, automatically making appeals to the library's board of trustees and giving parents more control over the restrictions on their children's library cards.

David Cougle, one of the administrators of the Accountability Project, declined an interview but agreed to answer questions via email. He said one of the group's goals is to protect children.

“People reasonably believe that libraries are safe places for children and others and not places where children can be exposed to sexually explicit and pedophilic material. However, this is what is happening and so we want to fix that," Cougle, who is also an attorney, said in an email response.

The Accountability Project's Facebook group, which has 890 followers and highlights materials it believes are dangerous for children, is also targeting library staff. A Jan. 14 post said: “The fact that the Saint Tammany Parish Library Administration uses literature to prepare our children is undeniable. The question is, do we care?

On Jan. 19, the group posted an image on Facebook defining the word "barber." The post read, "See also: Counselor and Director of St. Tammany's Parish Library, Kelly LaRocca."

Critics like Manuel criticized the group for personally attacking library staff and using the term "barber", particularly when referring to LaRocca.

“There are no librarians who look after children and there are no queer people in the library who look after children. I think it's pretty clear that books aren't the problem," said Manuel, the public school teacher and lifelong resident of St. Tammany. "What has changed in my life is that we now have a lot of queer books Having content that I didn't have as a kid. I think it's really important that our kids now, our queer kids, can see themselves. It says here you're welcome. You're part of this community and there's nothing wrong with you ."

Cougle has denied the group uses the term "hairdresser," but the posts are publicly available on their Facebook page. At the time of writing this article, the posts appear to have been edited.

"We do not support the application of labels or judgments to any group or type of person and have done everything possible to prevent it," Cougle wrote. "Unfortunately, citizens who spoke at public meetings about problems with the library system were reviled by many vile names by library advocates."

LaRocca defended his staff of 150 librarians at the community's 12 branches, particularly after he said a patron called the police.Inform staff about library content. Nobody was arrested.

“This was an experience they never imagined. It's unfair," LaRocca said. “None of us are hairdressers or pedophiles or anything. It is very difficult to see such things.”

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A library patron holds the book "I am Jazz" at a board meeting in December. St Tammany's parish library board has approved new cards for children in response to conservative groups questioning LGBTQ books and sex education. Photo by Julie Dermansky/

Most of the 150 books in the complaints are not in the children's section, according to St Tammany's Parish Library. Twenty-five percent of the books marked as content are written for adults and can be found in the adult section. Fifty-nine percent is written for teenagers ages 12 to 17. Non-fiction books written for teenagers are filed in the adult section, but have a special "YA" designation identifying them for teenagers. Young people's literature is stored in a separate area. 14% of the books surveyed are in the children's section. Four of the books surveyed are not part of the library stock.

St. Tammany's parish library will seek help from state legislators and will not support the extension of an upcoming tax to fund the library if members are not successful at the local level, Cougle said.

"In the absence of significant reforms, we cannot support such a renewal when our taxes are being used to defy the wishes of community residents and target our children," he said.

Spread the stack

Elsewhere in the state, concerns about LGBTQ issues in libraries have reached boiling point. In 2018, the community of Lafayette got excited about a Draq Queen Story Time event at the Lafayette Public Library. Since then, at least three people who oppose Story Time events have been appointed to the Lafayette Community Library Board of Supervisors.

One member, Robert Judge, who was elected chairman of the council in October, arranged for two armed deputies to the Lafayette Township Sheriff to flank the council during months of contentious meetings.

Last February, the judge called Matthew Humphrey, an LGBTQ advocate and organizer of Drag Queen Story Time.out of stockfor speaking out of order during the meeting.

"Robert Judge is arming law enforcement to silence minority voices and will stop at nothing unless we fight back," Humphrey said.

Almost a year later, Melanie Brevis, a mother who accused the council of "hateful and bigoted acts", was abruptly silenced and later removed by two MPs.

The judge continues to enforce new rules he issued last year that prohibit residents from directly addressing or criticizing board members while posting a sign outside the meeting room door setting out the law of disruption.

"The people of this community have the right to expect public meetings to be held in a civil manner on their behalf," the judge wrote in a statement. "The chairs of these meetings have a duty to maintain order at these meetings."

During the meeting, the board's attorney, Paige Beyt, said the new rules have precedent in state law and "allow no debate or confrontation with the board."

"When behavior reaches the level where it affects business, boards can set rules for efficient business conduct," he said.

Brevis, who has gone from "mother" to concerned citizen and community activist in recent years, is baffled by one-sided efforts to limit opponents' debate.

"It was definitely unnerving, which I think was the purpose of the meeting. The other scary thing is that these officers couldn't tell me why they were escorting me," Brevis said. "He didn't say anything hateful or threatening. I don't want to sound too dramatic when I call it a police state, but it's definitely not a free society."

Brevis said it was all part of a far-right religious efforttakes care of library meetingsat a time when the board is being asked to consider banning books and videos on LGBTQ issues and containing sexual content.

"Unfortunately, I don't think we've reached boiling point yet," Brevis said.

For LaRocca, "a book can open a window on the world from a very safe place." But in Louisiana, the book fight rages on, and librarians feel under attack in their quiet surroundings.

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What are the challenged books at the Jefferson Parish library? ›

The challenged books include: This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson; Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe; My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kolodavis; Empire of Storms by Sara Maas; Flamer by Mike Curato; Breathless by Jennifer Niven; A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah Mass; All Boys Aren't Blue by George Johnson; and Sex Is a Funny ...

What are the challenges faced by librarians? ›

There was lack of awareness programs, budgetary constraints, inadequate space, inadequate library materials, lack of trained and skilled manpower and lack of appropriate government policy and lack of information literacy.

What is the biggest challenge now faced in your library? ›

The major challenge to all types of libraries is funding. Budgetary allocation to library is inadequate . The major challenge is funding.

How do you handle book challenges in a school library? ›

Listen thoughtfully and respectfully. Try to elicit the specific reason for their concern, whether they have read the entire work or only parts, and the specific action they would like the library to take. Do not promise to act or appear to agree with the individual.

Why were those books challenged? ›

Why are books challenged? Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.

What is the most stolen library book in America? ›

The Bible. Apparently, thieves missed the "Thou shalt not steal" part of the Ten Commandments. According to experts, the Bible is the most commonly stolen book. The Holy Bible is available for free at many places of worship, so perhaps there's less guilt associated with pilfering a copy.

What are the challenges faced by librarians in promoting library services? ›

Some challenges according to her include lack of funds, insufficient resources such as computers, lack of marketing techniques and skill by staff, inadequate library staff, lack of time, and lack of marketing policies.

What are the factors that lead to damaging books in the library? ›

A range of external factors may damage books if not properly managed. The main ones are: • Environment (relative humidity, temperature, pollutants, pests, mould, dust) • Handling (removal from shelves, support during use etc.) Storage (shelving, arrangement on shelves).

What is an issue facing libraries and or library staff today? ›

Librarians are on the frontline fighting homelessness, mental health issues, and health crises while still providing communities broad access to information. Now, many librarians nationwide also face open hostility toward their work, their profession, and themselves personally.

What are the five factors affecting the development of library? ›

Findings from interviews with 36 academic library professionals in the United States identify 5 factors of influence: 1) technical resources; 2) human resources; 3) researchers' perceptions about the library; 4) leadership support; and 5) communication, coordination, and collaboration.

Why are libraries becoming less popular? ›

About 10 or more years ago, libraries were assimilated to be a part of the average American everyday life, but that has changed. As the world moves at a faster pace and technology continues to take over our lives, there is less time to go to a library.

What are the challenges of libraries in the 21st century? ›

Findings: The findings revealed the challenges to effective transformation of academic libraries in the 21st century to include: poor funding, indifferent attitudes of library managers, absence of well-defined and uniform library policies and non-compliance with the demands of ICT.

How do you challenge a book in the library? ›

The person who initiated the challenge must read the whole book, fill out a challenge form and explain why, how and where in the book the offensive action took place, then the case will be presented in a hearing and decided whether it should be removed from the collection or retained.

How do you resolve conflict in a library? ›

Communication and Conflict Resolution at the Library
  1. Active Awareness. It isn't about you… actually, it kind of is about you. ...
  2. Respond Respectfully. Rolling your eyes wordlessly is still disrespectful. Listen first to what the other person is saying. ...
  3. Troubleshoot Together. Let's fix this together.
Jul 12, 2018

How do book challenges work? ›

“Challenging” a book is the attempt to ban a book from a library, school district, institution, organization, government entity, retailer, or publisher based on its content. Challenges can either result in the book being banned or they can be overturned and the book remains in circulation at the organization.

What are 5 reasons books are banned? ›

Let's take a look at the most commonly cited cases for challenging books and the titles that have been challenged due to those reasons.
  • Sexually explicit material, cited 92 times since 2013. ...
  • Offensive language, cited 73 times since 2013. ...
  • Unsuited for age group, cited 67 times since 2013. ...
  • Violence, cited 49 times since 2013.

Who usually challenges books or asks for them to be banned? ›

The process of banning a book begins with the individual who is issuing the challenge, usually a parent or librarian. A challenge is “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group”.

Who initiates the most challenges to books? ›

Parents are historically the most active group when it comes to initiating book bans across the country. Only in 2020, this group accounted for 50% of all banning attempts in the US. Library patrons initiated 28% of challenges during 2022, contributing as much as 45% of all efforts in 2019.

What book is most stolen from libraries? ›

Libraries are a different story. According to Huber, the most frequently stolen library books are the Guinness Book of World Records, which is a favorite around our house, and The Bible. Thieves could use the Good Book's wisdom more than many, I guess.

What is the most secretive library? ›

One of the most famous of these is the Vatican Secret Archives, now known officially as the Vatican Apostolic Archives. These archives are made up of over 50 miles of underground shelves and vaults, and, for hundreds of years, access to the books and documents within was highly restricted.

What is the most read book in the world? ›

The Bible. Easily the most read book in the world is the Bible for obvious reasons. It is estimated to have sold over 40 million copies in the last 60 years. You can even find it at most hotels.

What are the barriers to library access? ›

Achieved Outcomes
  • Library Policies – People have difficulty understanding and navigating public library policies;
  • Fees – People are afraid of, cannot always afford, and do not feel like they have options for paying fees;
  • Transportation – People have difficulty travelling to the library;

What are cultural factors affecting library services? ›

The three cultural factors likely to have implications on the library usage are: Language, Family, and Values and Beliefs.

What stops people from stealing library books? ›

Theft from libraries is typically prevented by installing electronic article surveillance alarms at the doors. Library materials are tagged and if the tag is not deactivated it sounds an alarm.

What are the negative effects of reading books? ›

However exaggerated (or ridiculous) this stereotype is, reading is indeed associated with eye strain and comes at the expense of exercise and other physical activities. Frequently related are poor diets and digestive problems, an unwelcome weight gain or loss, and generalized exhaustion.

What are the three causes of library deterioration? ›

Causes of deterioration may be external or internal. External causes [2] are physical, chemical, biological, improper storage , unauthorized exposure, risky handling, theft, natural calamities. Internal causes are : poor quality of paper or materials used , the chemicals used for printing and binding.

What are the threats to library resources? ›

material security:
  •  Direct access to the stack.
  •  Placement of high-risk material such as rare and valuable books either in vulnerable place.
  •  Having too many keys to building or locked cases in circulation among staff.
  •  Apathy or indifference about library crime.
  • (i) High cost of book.
  • (ii) Lack of photocopy machine.
Mar 19, 2019

How do you respond to challenges and concerns about library resources? ›

A library user with a complaint should feel confident that their concerns will be taken seriously. Listen thoughtfully and respectfully. Try to elicit the specific reason for their concern, whether they have read the entire work or only parts, and the specific action they would like the library to take.

What is ethical issues in library? ›

Librarians and information professionals are often faced with situations that require judgment of ethical behavior regarding the library, patrons, and vendor relationships. Librarians encounter conflicts of interest, intellectual free- dom issues, privacy concerns, and vendor and publisher relations dilemmas daily.

What are the social factors affecting library services? ›

These factors include the availability and affordability of resources, the level of funding and support available, and the level of access to these services.

What are the four characteristics of a good library? ›

  • Lots of comfortable furniture.
  • We use less than 40% of shelf space.
  • Plenty of friendly signs.
  • Furnishings are movable to separate spaces.
  • Movable bins and boxes.
Aug 24, 2017

How many major factors are responsible for deterioration of library materials? ›

Dust and particulate matter are the greatest causes of deterioration to library materials. The finding further revealed that dusting, cleaning and proper shelving are the major techniques adopted by the libraries.

Why are libraries not important anymore? ›

Libraries are obsolete because they act as institutions of remediation. Libraries were either created to fill some deficit in existing institutions, or over the years have adopted the role of remedying some deficit in the community.

Are librarians declining? ›

The decline in school librarian employment predated the pandemic, according to a 2022 report by SLIDE. It found that, between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 school years, districts lost more than 1,000 librarians.

Why is it so cold in libraries? ›

It's important for us to keep library temperatures low to preserve our physical materials and keep our technology from overheating. To keep materials in mint condition, experts recommend a stable temperature of 70 degrees or lower.

Why libraries are changing? ›

Academic libraries are changing in response to changes in the learning and research environment and changes in the behavior of library users. The changes are evolutionary. Libraries are adding new, digital resources and services while maintaining most of the old, traditional resources and services.

What is the greatest challenge being faced by digital libraries? ›

Accessibility: Users may face many hindrances while accessing digital library. These hindrances could be because of information overload, poorly designed interface, misleading information provided by the digital library or inability to access the digital resources.

How does libraries affect education? ›

Studies show a positive relationship between library quality (school and public) and the amount read, as well as a relationship with reading competence. Better libraries mean more literacy development for younger readers as well as for high school students.

What are the top three reasons books are challenged? ›

Why are books challenged?
  • the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  • the material contained "offensive language"
  • the materials was "unsuited to any age group"

Why are books being challenged? ›

Why are books banned or challenged? Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. See Notable First Amendment Cases. Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but, nonetheless, harmful....

Why is it good to read challenging books? ›

Reading hard texts will make you smarter, a better writer, more literate, and appreciate the literary brilliance behind a novel. We may even uncover a deep fascination for a new discipline and continue reading in the genre for pleasure alone.

How do you avoid conflict in the workplace book? ›

The best books about conflict resolution include Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz, Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton, and Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, et al.

How do you avoid conflict books? ›

Conflict Resolution Books
  1. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Paperback) ...
  2. The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict (Paperback) ...
  3. Enemy Pie (Hardcover) ...
  4. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Paperback) ...
  5. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Paperback)

What is the best solution to conflict? ›

Some Ways to Resolve Conflicts
  • Talk directly. Assuming that there is no threat of physical violence, talk directly to the person with whom you have the problem. ...
  • Choose a good time. ...
  • Plan ahead. ...
  • Don't blame or name-call. ...
  • Give information. ...
  • Listen. ...
  • Show that you are listening. ...
  • Talk it all through.

What is the six book challenge? ›

This is an annual incentive scheme which invites people to pick six reads and record their reading in a diary in order to get a certificate. They can choose any kind of reading material such as poems, magazines, digital text and games as well as books.

What is the 12 book challenge? ›

Make it your goal to read from a category each month: 12 books in 12 months. The structure of this challenge will allow you to stay committed, and the flexibility of the categories provides virtually limitless options. Once you finish a book, cross off its category, and then move on to another one.

What is the most stolen book in public libraries? ›

According to Huber, the most frequently stolen library books are the Guinness Book of World Records, which is a favorite around our house, and The Bible. Thieves could use the Good Book's wisdom more than many, I guess.

What is the library of rejected books? ›

Bibliotheca Non Grata is a public art project in the form of an imaginary library of rejected and thus non-existent books from across the world.

Which court cases related to banning books in libraries? ›

Case Categories: Book Banning and Libraries
  • A Quantity of Books v. Kansas (1964) ...
  • Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District v. Pico (1982) ...
  • Evans v. Selma Union High School District of Fresno County (California Supreme Court) (1924) ...
  • Kingsley Books, Inc. v. ...
  • Minarcini v. ...
  • Smith v.

What happened to Jefferson's book collection? ›

Thomas Jefferson was instrumental in rebuilding the Library of Congress when he sold the bulk of his book collection to the United States government in 1815. During the War of 1812, British forces entered Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol building and the 3,000-volume library inside it.

What is the most overdue library book? ›

The Guinness world record for the most overdue library book is held by one returned to Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University. It was borrowed in 1668 and returned 288 years later.

What library has no books? ›

Bookless libraries are public, academic and school libraries that do not have any printed books. Instead they offer all-digital collections of literary works, reading material and scientific and academic research material.

What happens if you never return a library book? ›

What happens when you don't return a book to the library? Libraries will usually ask you to pay a fine if you return a book late. The library fine is usually calculated using a day rate. For every day that passes after the deadline, the fine will be increased by the day rate.

Why libraries should not ban books? ›

Students will not be able to understand different cultures, worldviews, religions, etc., if individuals keep banning books that have these elements. Banning books can stunt children's curiosity about the world and other people.

What are the top 5 reasons most books are challenged? ›

sexual content (92.5% percent of books on the list) offensive language (61.5%) unsuited to age group (49%) religious viewpoint (26%)

Where is book banning the most common? ›

Texas had the most bans (713), followed by Pennsylvania (456), Florida (204) and Oklahoma (43).

Who is banned from all libraries? ›

Tyree Carter was bailed out of jail only after signing papers in which he agreed to "stay out of all the libraries on the face of the earth," reports the Journal Times. What was the alleged violation that made Carter welcome only in the future colonial-terraformer libraries of Mars?

What happened with Jefferson's purchase of Louisiana and why was it controversial? ›

Why was Jefferson's authorization of the LA purchase controversial? It was deemed controversial because Jefferson was a strict constructionist of the Constitution and the Constitution does not explicitly state that the president or Congress could purchase foreign land. Many thought he was being a hypocrite.

What is the largest book collection in the United States? ›

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with more than 173 million items. View detailed collection statistics.

What is Thomas Jefferson's most famous quote? ›

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.


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5. Library Limits, Kiran Chawla, Willis Reed, Writing for Change, Young Heroes | LSWI | 03/24/2023
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