Posted on April 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sometimes, when literature makes the news, it's not about readers falling in love with it (or buying it up) ... 

Llano County, Texas, has kept itself in headlines recently over debates on what material should be available in its public libraries.

A judge had ordered county commissioners to restore seventeen banned books to its shelves; the officials called a special meeting to discuss whether to "continue or cease operations" at the library.

On Thursday, at that meeting, they voted unanimously to keep the library open, but the drama isn't over, reports The New York Times.

“We will try this in the courts, not through social media or through the news media,” said County Judge Ron Cunningham, after announcing that the library would stay open.

And speaking of courts ... one has sentenced a romance novel cover model to three years in prison.

Logan Barnhart, 42, of Michigan had previously been found guilty of dragging a police officer down the stairs of the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021, riots.

NBC News reports that online sleuths found a number of images of Barnhart, from both his bodybuilding days and his modeling career, to help confirm that he was the man captured in January 6 footage.

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