[Michlib-l] [all-tln] Challenged/Banned Books

Lester, Kathy KathyL at mimame.org
Fri Nov 19 15:28:03 EST 2021

Yes.  I also have had school librarians reach out to me as well.
Unfortunately, there have been cases where the parents are requesting for
the school librarian to be arrested.
This is not happening in all school districts in Michigan -- but it has
been stressful in cases where it has been happening.

I also can't help but wonder -- what is happening in the districts *without*
certified school librarians?
As Klaudia has mentioned -- there is the possibility that books are just
being pulled off the shelves without following a policy (or even knowing if
there is a policy?)
In one case, there was a paraprofessional who gave information to the
parent groups about which students had checked out the books in question.
{*This was wrong for so many reasons.*}
As always, I am most concerned about our students  -- our students deserve
the freedom to read diverse books that have been selected by a certified
school librarian for their age range and school community.  They also
deserve to have equitable access to certified school librarians who will
support them.

Here is the latest biweekly OIF Newsletter --
Look at how lengthy this Censorship item is (and this is just the last 2
BTW.  There is a link to subscribe to the newsletter is at the bottom of
the newsletter.


Kathy Lester, MLIS, MA
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*President-Elect, 2021-2022*
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
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*2012 **State Librarian's Excellence Award Winner*
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On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:41 PM Klaudia Janek via Michlib-l <
michlib-l at mcls.org> wrote:

> It is happening here in Michigan.  There are several groups and the one
> that seems to be most prominent is called Moms for Liberty.  They are
> passing around lists of books to bring up at board meetings.  Some of the
> people are the same people who came into board meetings about masking, then
> CRT, now school library books.  I think next on the list will be
> misunderstandings about SEL (social, emotional, learning programs).  There
> is a lot of language about how schools are brainwashing students with
> leftist, communist propaganda and pornography.  I have a few school
> librarian friends who are currently going through this.  I just don't want
> to name them in a public forum without their consent.  They can jump in if
> they want.
> I think that there are some school libraries that have been operating
> without librarians and budgets for years....they do not have the newer
> books listed on the "sheet".  I also think that if the books are somehow in
> an unstaffed library, an administrator can just walk in and take anything
> off the shelf.  No one would ever know.
> But we are already at breaking points in schools.  Everyone is subbing or
> schools are going virtual because of staff shortages.  To add book
> challenges to this list that consist of not just one book, but hundreds, is
> completely overwhelming to have to think about or deal with.  :(  It's not
> good.
> Klaudia
> Klaudia Janek, MLIS
> *School Librarian*
> *IB Extended Essay Coordinator*
> *Michigan Association for Media in Education - 2018 Past President*
> *2019-2020 AASL Presidential Task Force - Equity, Diversity & Inclusion*
> 248 341 5925
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> On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 11:52 AM Maria Williams via Michlib-l <
> michlib-l at mcls.org> wrote:
>> Jim & TLN-
>> There was also a brief article in TIME earlier this week that addressed
>> increasingly frequent challenges at school libraries:
>> https://time.com/6117685/book-bans-school-libraries/
>> M.
>> Maria Williams
>> Assistant Director
>> Northville District Library
>> 212 W. Cady Street
>> Northville,  MI 48167
>> 248-349-3020, ext. 208
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>> *To: *"all-tln" <all-tln at lists.tln.org>, "directors" <
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>> *Sent: *Friday, November 19, 2021 8:50:51 AM
>> *Subject: *[all-tln] Challenged/Banned Books
>> Good Morning,
>> Thought I would share this PW article that discusses what appears to be
>> an increasingly organized, possibly national trend to challenge and/or ban
>> books. I am not on the "front lines" as nearly all of you are, so just
>> wondering if we are seeing this trend in Michigan as well. If not, then the
>> increased number of challenges/ban efforts that are taking place in other
>> states might be something to keep in mind.
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.publishersweekly.com_pw_by-2Dtopic_industry-2Dnews_libraries_article_87920-2Dlibrarians-2Deducators-2Dwarn-2Dof-2Dorganized-2Dbook-2Dbanning-2Defforts.html&d=DwMFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=LHMBuN8L2Y6IxcHD6lrbABorptvUX4FXRP-_DHNXNO0&m=yFTCYNCgbXHGqVf__Y_hlVzNPNCE9w6j6CAITuKAlEw&s=InPCYmCMG2DZQZicNClO-UcH_mMyQorTdtz7l7k9VnM&e=>
>> https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/87920-librarians-educators-warn-of-organized-book-banning-efforts.html
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.publishersweekly.com_pw_by-2Dtopic_industry-2Dnews_libraries_article_87920-2Dlibrarians-2Deducators-2Dwarn-2Dof-2Dorganized-2Dbook-2Dbanning-2Defforts.html&d=DwQFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=LHMBuN8L2Y6IxcHD6lrbABorptvUX4FXRP-_DHNXNO0&m=yFTCYNCgbXHGqVf__Y_hlVzNPNCE9w6j6CAITuKAlEw&s=InPCYmCMG2DZQZicNClO-UcH_mMyQorTdtz7l7k9VnM&e=>
>> Jim
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