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Proposed Book Banning Law Defeated in Maine

February 15, 2019
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Proposed Book Banning Law Defeated in Maine

February 11, 2019, LD 94, a bill proposed in Maine that would criminalize educators for assigning or providing “obscene” materials, was unanimously rejected by the legislative committee. The bill was initially proposed after Representative Amy Arata, discovered her son had been assigned Kafka on the Shore, a critically acclaimed novel by best-selling author Haruki Murakami. In…

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LGBTQIA Muslim Comics Mysteriously Removed from Instagram

February 15, 2019
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LGBTQIA Muslim Comics Mysteriously Removed from Instagram

Indonesian Government Takes Credit, Instagram Denies Involvement This week, Instagram account @Alpantuni, which posted comics about a gay Muslim character in Indonesia, disappeared to the dismay of its 6,000 followers. The government in Indonesia was quick to take credit, claiming they had reached out to the social media Instagram and requested the comics be removed…

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LGBTQIA Victory in Kansas Library

February 14, 2019
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LGBTQIA Victory in Kansas Library

  Transgender Kids’ Books Will Remain Accessible According to The Wichita Eagle, the Andover Public Library board of directors has voted – nearly unanimously – to protect the rights of their patrons regardless of age. This is the conclusion of a challenge from one patron back in September to remove LGBTQIA kid books, Lily and Dunkin, I…

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Comic Strip Banned from Local Papers

February 12, 2019
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Comic Strip Banned from Local Papers

Obscene Scribble Gets Syndicated Comic Strip “Non Sequitur” Removed From Multiple Newspapers Sunday, February 10th, some sharp-eyed newspaper readers got a shock with their morning funnies when long-running, syndicated comic strip, Non Sequitur contained an obscene message to the president. The creator, Wiley Miller apologized and assured readers and publishers that it was an accident, but that…

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CBLDF Fights for LGBTQIA Kids Books Under Attack

February 8, 2019
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CBLDF Fights for LGBTQIA Kids Books Under Attack

CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project, are standing up with the Andover Public Librarians and imploring them to continue to protect the First Amendment right of all of their patrons. Back in September, a patron of the Andover Library complained about LGBTQIA books, specifically citing I am Jazz, Lily and Dunkin, and George by…

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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

February 8, 2019
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CBLDF and Kids’ Right to Read Project Stand Up for Manga

CBLDF reported last week that popular manga, Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui was pulled from a school library on Staten Island, without adhering to the New York City Department of Education guidelines. The comic is currently pending review by an evaluation committee, but in the meantime, it remains unavailable to readers who may find insight…

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Support Students’ First Amendment Rights

February 8, 2019
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Support Students’ First Amendment Rights

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC), the Freedom Forum Institute, and the Newseum in Washington, DC, have banded together to declare that 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Tinker decision, the Year of the Student Journalist. With a year of activities planned, and toolkits available for those interested in participating, the goal, in…

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New Florida Bill Demands Alternatives to “Controversial” Science

February 6, 2019
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New Florida Bill Demands Alternatives to “Controversial” Science

A new bill filed with the Florida State Legislature would allow schools to develop their own standards for education, presuming they are equal to or more rigorous than the state’s standards. Also within the bill, SB303 is a condition that would require schools to teach alternatives to “controversial theories” – a shot across the bow…

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New Spawn Humble Bundle from Image Comics Benefits CBLDF!

February 6, 2019
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New Spawn Humble Bundle from Image Comics Benefits CBLDF!

Humble Comics Bundle: Spawn by Image Since the ’90s, few characters have held the public’s imagination the way that Spawn has. Consistently a best-seller, Spawn inspired an Emmy Award-winning animated show long before the days where comics ruled the television programming, and a live action feature film as well – with upcoming reboots planned for…

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Graphic Novels Top ALA’s 2019 Youth Media Awards

February 5, 2019
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Graphic Novels Top ALA’s 2019 Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association announced its 2019 Youth Media Award winners during their annual midwinter conference, and graphic novels were among both the victors and finalists for some of these prestigious awards. Here’s a breakdown of those honored this year, as well as the honors they received. Alex Awards Honoring the 10 finest adult books…

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