Posted on May 27, 2022 at 11:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

For many of us, news about book bans and challenges is upsetting but doesn't actually impact us.

But for many others, these restrictions on reading material have a daily, direct effect on their lives.

The Texas Tribune spoke with several librarians — some named, some anonymous — about the harassment on and off the job they're facing from patrons, as book-ban efforts continue to surge.

Among the incidents they reported: being called pedophile groomers on Facebook, fielding calls from outside their district demanding justification for books ... and a lack of response to invitations to discuss the complaints that are being made.

On the other end of the book-ban issue are the would-be readers.

We've shared stories of students and library patrons fighting back, but there's another segment of the population hoping to push back: prisoners.

While this group may not engender as much sympathy, NBC News noted in its coverage of some prisoners' complaints that reading has been shown to help reduce recidivism.

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