Posted on September 2, 2022 at 7:25 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

There isn't a lot of good news in the world of public and school libraries nowadays.

And we're not exactly about to buck that trend with this post.

Yes, we're glad to hear that Nora Roberts donated $50,000 to a library.

But we're sorry that she had to do that — her gift was a way to keep the Patmos Library open after residents of Jamestown, Michigan, voted to defund it over librarians' refusal to remove LGBTQ books.

Literary Hub notes that her donation brought the GoFundMe over its $250,000 goal.

Meanwhile, NPR's article on how libraries have become cultural battlegrounds includes such horror stories as actual police officers entering school libraries in Texas to "investigate"  books parents complained about.

And in Louisiana, the president of Lafayette's library board was unsuccessful in having several books banned — and getting a librarian fired for a display that included queer teen romance books — but the library did move its 1,100 YA nonfiction books into the adult nonfiction section.

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