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Arkansas libraries revise policies in anticipation of law on ‘obscene’ content taking effect

BY: - July 24, 2023

Librarians across Arkansas are preparing in different ways for a new state law that is set to take effect next week and changes how libraries handle controversial material. Some library systems have altered their existing material reconsideration forms in hopes of handling future book challenges smoothly and in compliance with the law. Others have come […]

A majority of the books being challenged in school and community libraries are written by authors who are people of color, LGBTQ, Black and Indigenous, and feature characters from marginalized groups. (Getty Images)

Crawford County parents sue library system over relocation of LGBTQ+ children’s books

BY: - May 26, 2023

Three Crawford County parents have sued the county judge, quorum court, library board and interim library director, alleging “unlawful censorship of materials,” specifically children’s books with LGBTQ+ topics, in the county’s five library branches. Rebecka Virden, Nina Prater, Samantha Rowlett and their minor children are all Crawford County residents and library patrons, according to the […]

Arkansas librarians brace for impact of law making them liable for “obscene” content

BY: - May 1, 2023

Libraries across Arkansas are preparing for a potential wave of challenges when a new state law takes effect later this year, changing how libraries handle controversial material.  But some public libraries have already seen an outpouring of public opposition to content that some consider harmful to children.  Those librarians’ experiences offer a preview of what […]

Stephanie Duke holds a book she claims is pornographic and available at the Saline County Library during a meeting of the Saline County Quorum Court. She spoke in favor of a resolution that would restrict children’s access to books that contain “sexual content or imagery." The county governing body adopted the resolution. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

UPDATED: Saline County officials express support for library obscenity law after much public input

BY: - April 17, 2023

This story was updated at 7:15 p.m. April 18, 2023 BENTON — The Saline County Quorum Court on Monday recommended that the county’s libraries “relocate materials that are not subject matter or age appropriate for children, due to their sexual content or imagery, to an area that is not accessible to children.” A state law […]