Posted on 09/08/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you're in too good of a mood right now, we have a fix for that.

The New York Times and TIME magazines both shared long pieces about the wave of book bans and challenges sweeping the United States.

The NYT focuses on one particular library in Texas, with context from neighboring libraries and states, and the strategies that book opponents have (successfully) used to limit what's on the shelves.

As one librarian told the reporter, she came to realize, after purchasing books she thought would appeal to the complainants, that the controversy wasn't actually about representing various viewpoints — it was about limiting viewpoints.

TIME, meanwhile, focuses on a particular strategy being used across the country: defunding.

One library is facing eviction, after book challengers pressured county officials to hold the building it leases to the library hostage.

Another one won't be able to renew its insurance policy.

And plenty of them are seeing actual funding pulled.

As a bonus, National Geographic has a history of book bans in the US for subscribers.

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