Sunday, May 14, 2023

Republican surge on book bans and defunding libraries

  • Book bans have nearly doubled since 2021, with Republican-led states imposing restrictions on books containing explicit content, LGBTQ themes, and racial inequality.
  • A Missouri law defunded all state public libraries following a lawsuit by library groups attempting to overturn a ban on 300 books in school libraries.
  • In Texas, a small town closed its three public libraries after a federal judge ordered them to return the banned books.
  • Republican-controlled legislatures nationwide are using book bans and library defunding to maintain power.
  • The impact of library closures and defunding extends beyond children, as libraries also provide essential services like internet access, job applications, and bill payments, particularly in rural communities.

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