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Connecticut librarians brace for "tsunami" of book challenges

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The American Library Association (ALA) reported an “unprecedented spike” in book removal requests, documenting more than 470 during the final four months of 2021 in a preliminary tally. The ALA noted "a focus on books that address the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals."

How are local librarians responding to these challenges? Hear from school and public librarians in Connecticut, including Barbara Johnson, a library media specialist in Colchester and the former president of the Connecticut Association of School Librarians. Plus, the ALA and the Connecticut Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Office discuss the resources they offer local librarians.

GUESTS:

  • Samantha Lee - Chair, Connecticut Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee; Head of Reference Services at Enfield Public Library
  • Deborah Caldwell Stone - Director, American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • Barbara Johnson - Library Media Specialist, Jack Jackter Intermediate School; Chapter Representative for Connecticut, American Association of School Librarians; Former President, Connecticut Association of School Librarians
  • Mary Richardson - Teen Services Librarian, Simsbury Public Library; Co-Host "The Book Jam" Podcast
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