Posted on March 7, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Librarians in Idaho would face jail time and a hefty fine, under a bill headed to the state House.

Boise State Public Radio reports that public libraries are exempt from an Idaho law punishing the lending of explicit materials to minors.

But a state representative has introduced a bill, which made it out of committee, to end that exemption. 

The Idaho bill is part of a nationwide push-and-pull over which books should be accessible to younger readers; the Associated Press notes that an increasing number of parents across the country — on both sides of the debate — have found themselves compelled to take action.

And in the case of author and parent Kim Bullock, that action is materializing in the form of a Little Free Library filled with challenged or banned books.

She wrote about the project, inviting others to contribute names — or build their own such libraries — at Writer Unboxed.

Categories: Today in Books

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