Posted on June 10, 2022 at 2:27 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Once again, freedom-to-read advocates are rallying in a community that's trying to limit access to certain books.
A bookstore in Nampa, Idaho — a suburb of Boise — solicited donations so it could buy and hand out, for free, copies of the two dozen books that the school board recently voted to ban in schools.
NPR reports that over one hundred parents, teachers, and students lined up to collect these titles from Rediscovered Books.
It's much-needed pushback in Idaho, where book challenges are coming at the local and state level.
The state House passed a bill that could have fined or jailed librarians for giving minors access to materials deemed harmful.
And though it didn't pass, librarians as a whole still suffered; state lawmakers cut $3.5 million from the State Commission for Libraries budget — even though, NPR noted, "it doesn't choose which books go on shelves."
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