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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

January 17, 2020
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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

Despite a targeted campaign against LGBTQ+ literature in one of the wealthiest school districts in America, Loudoun School Board in Virginia has voted to retain just two of the diverse titles they set out to include at the beginning of the 2019 school year: Heather Has Two Mommies and Prince & Knight. Despite this small…

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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

January 16, 2020
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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

House Bill 2044 Threatens Fines, Jail, & Loss of Funding to Libraries that Give “Age-Inappropriate” Books to Kids Missouri House Representative Ben Baker has proposed a dangerous library oversight bill that could result in librarians being fined or even jailed for giving “age-inappropriate” materials to minors. House Bill 2044 proposes to mandate parental review boards…

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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

January 15, 2020
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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

Martin Luther King Jr Day is more than a day off. It’s a chance for teachers of History, English, Art, Social Studies, etc. to showcase the principles of tolerance, justice, human rights, and the importance of the First Amendment’s Right to Protest. One of the amazing things about comics is that they fit into lessons…

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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

January 14, 2020
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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

  There’s still time to join CBLDF’S Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge. It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. But this year we’v gone one step further and created a reading challenge to kick start this decade with…

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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

January 10, 2020
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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

The Florida Citizens Alliance is escalating tactics again seemingly in response to the lack of book challenges and bans in their home state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, FCA is encouraging the state’s Attorney General to prosecute schools that give obscene materials to children which is already a law in Florida, but one that…

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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

January 8, 2020
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Bowie’s Rare 1. Outside Comic Book

It is undisputed that David Bowie was an avid reader. He published a list of his Top 100 books, he famously took traveling bookcases with him on tour and to movie sets, he credited books for inspiration in songwriting, and even posed for the American Library Association reading campaign poster in the 80s. It’s a…

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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2020
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5 Years After Charlie Hebdo

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the gruesome Charlie Hebdo attack, where two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the newspaper’s office and killed 12 people, injuring 11 more. At the time of the tragedy, the world was horrified by the violence against the paper – a rally for national unity took…

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5 Banned & Challenged Comics from 2019

January 6, 2020
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5 Banned & Challenged Comics from 2019

2020 is here, and looking forward is important, but it’s also a chance to examine at the year as a whole and see the comics that have faced challenges to prepare for the year to come. The five listed here aren’t the only comics and graphic novels that have faced challenges and bans, but they…

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Retailer Spotlight: Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, NY

January 3, 2020
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Retailer Spotlight: Escape Pod Comics in Huntington, NY

Right in the heart of downtown Huntington, on the North Shore of Long Island, sits Escape Pod Comics. The perfect blend of superhero and independent stock, this store attracts all ages and interests. Escape Pod is guided by a knowledgeable and friendly owner who is always quick with a great recommendation. And best of all,…

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Educators & Librarians! Add Your Voice to CBLDF.org!

January 3, 2020
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Educators & Librarians! Add Your Voice to CBLDF.org!

  CBLDF is always interested in volunteers looking to fight alongside us on the front lines of free expression. There are lots of ways to join the fight: membership, donation, and of course, adding your voice to ours on CBLDF.org.   CBLDF has just launched a new submission page geared towards librarians & educators interested in…

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