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Utah's Biggest School District Pulls 52 Books

Alpine (UT) School Board Pulls 52 Books From School Library Without Proper Review The Alpine (UT) School Board has pulled 52 books from their school libraries without the due process that is required by first amendment law which says that materials cannot be deemed “harmful to minors” without being assessed “as a whole” with regard to their value. The Alpine Board has violated this requirement by failing to read the books they are banning, basing their decision solely on isolated excerpts presented out of context.

A Win for Delaware Students and School Libraries

We are glad to bring you some good news today about Delaware school libraries. SB195, the Media Literacy bill establishing statewide standards in Delaware schools, has passed the Assembly and is waiting for the Governor’s signature!

Testimony to DC City Council About School Librarians and Literacy / Learning

The Washington, D.C. City Council held a hearing about the importance of literacy services in the District and the EveryLibrary Institute asked to testify. We reminded the City Council that reintroducing the Student Right to Read Amendment would ensure that there will be a school librarian in every public school. That choice is one of the most effective ways to support literacy and a love of reading for a new generation. 

Michigan Legislative Candidates Express High-Level Support for Certified School Librarians in Recent MAME Survey

The Michigan Association for Media in Education, with the assistance of EveryLibrary, conducted a survey of candidates for the upcoming Michigan House and Michigan Senate primary elections to gauge their support for school libraries and school librarians. We received a 12% response rate to the survey. Responses highlighted the importance of school libraries and school librarians with the candidate.

Keeping the Books in Kent School District

We are very happy to share news from Gavin Downing, the school librarian fighting to retain LGBTQ+ books for his students in the Kent School District outside of Seattle, that the school board has finally voted to keep the books on the shelves. It's an important win for student access and the First Amendment in that district and a key campaign against book bans and materials challenges in Washington state.

Chapter 55 Comments are Critically Important Now in Montana

We're sharing an urgent update from Montana Library Association President Angela Archuleta in advance of the next Negotiated Rules Making Committee meetings on 6/16 and 6/17 the State Capitol. Public comments and participation is critically important right now. 

New Jersey Legislators Say Its Time to Invest In Information Literacy

New Jersey lawmakers and school librarians say it’s time for the state to get serious about teaching information literacy as tens of thousands of students have been learning remotely this year through an internet rampant with misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Contact the Montana State Superintendent to Stop Chapter 55 Changes

It's important that the Montana Board of Public Education and the Superindentent of Education hear directly from constituents like you to stop the proposed changes to Chapter 55 ratios of students to school librarians, school counselors, and other electives. 

Opposing the Ratio Change in Montana - School Librarian Campaign

Our campaign with the Montana Library Association campaign to oppose a change to the ratio of school librarians to students is making a difference.

Why Are School Libraries Essential?

(What we do is more than offer flashy technology)