Posted on October 13, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you're already in a bad mood today, you may want to skip this post.

Since it's Friday, BookRiot has a roundup of the week's ban and censorship news.

It opens with a call back to a survey that it and EveryLibrary did on parental perceptions of libraries.

This time, they're exploring one particular subset of the respondents: the one-quarter that believes librarians should be prosecuted for giving children access to materials.

Learn more about the demographics and other traits that this group shared at BookRiot.

The other bummer story in this post comes from a library in England.

The Friends of Batley Library hosted a fill-a-bag sale last weekend, and while the first day went as planned, the second day saw patrons literally taking books off library shelves and keeping them for good.

A volunteer blamed misinformation on Facebook, saying that even as he told people expressly to take only from the designated tables, people quoted inaccurate social media posts as their "justification" for taking the books.

Read more, if you care to, about the disastrous £1 book sale in the Guardian

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