Roanoke County School Board passes more restrictive library book policy | education

The Roanoke County School Board that policy lastly passed a new library’s more restrictive adding new books at its meeting night. The matter comes after a book, “When Aidan Became a Brother,” was removed from Herman L. Horn Elementary last year, amid debate. That book is about a transgender boy wanting to be a good … Read more

Moms Demand Action leader collects books for kids | news

In the office of My Family Labette, Sherri Spare, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action, stood beside the table with boxes of books below it and stacked on top, and each box labeled for age groups, from babies, to toddlers, to preschool. “This is great,” My Family Labette resource specialist Melanie Chappel said as she … Read more

After book removal, library policy up for adoption by Roanoke County School Board | education

The Roanoke County School Board is set to vote on an updated media policy Thursday which would make it harder for librarians to add books to school collections, while also expanding the power of parents to potentially remove them. The matter comes after a book, “When Aidan Became a Brother,” was removed from Herman L. … Read more

Why Comic Books Could Be A Powerful Weapon In The Climate Fight

Comic artist Céline Keller explains complex climate problems – such as the Energy Charter Treaty – … [+] in graphic form. Celine Keller Climate experts are worried: the urgency of climate change is not getting through to the general public. Increasingly dire warnings and the growing ferocity of extreme weather events seem to elicit little … Read more

Editorial: In the Roanoke Valley, dodging discussions by making books disappear | Editorial

We have in our possession an item so potent that at least one Roanoke Valley school system has taken great pains to make sure no grade school student can idly get their hands on it and put themselves in danger. We’re referring, naturally, to the Stonewall Book Award winning children’s picture book “When Aidan Became … Read more

Book Bans: What to Know | K-12 Schools

Now, more than ever, young children and teenagers of all backgrounds and identities are seeing themselves and their families represented in literature. But in some places, books touching on diversity of race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation are being taken off library shelves and removed from K-12 classroom curricula. Book bans, while not a … Read more

Education reaps benefits of big spending legislative session, ‘One for the record books’ | Legislature

Louisiana’s rosiest financial outlook in years paved the way for a record-breaking legislative session for education. The Legislature approved an $84 million hike in state aid for early childhood education, which advocates called historic. State aid for colleges and universities rose $159 million, the largest funding increase ever for higher education. A nearly $32 million … Read more

8 books challenged in Catawba County have been reviewed; most remain in libraries | education

Catawba County Schools has reviewed eight of the 24 books a parent asked the school system to ban. None of the books have been banned from school libraries, but three will be moved out of middle school libraries. In March, Michelle Teague asked the district to remove 24 books from school libraries. She submitted 24 … Read more

Book Corner: This year’s Café Book Top Teen Picks | entertainment

BY DARCIE CASWELL CRRL YOUTH SERVICES COORDINATOR Every year, librarians from area middle schools team up with librarians from Central Rappahannock Regional Library to talk about books with seventh and eighth graders over the course of a semester. This special partnership, Café Book, has been going since 1996, even through COVID (when it had to … Read more

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ actor Jay Ellis talks about Tulsa roots, record-setting film | movies

The movie “Top Gun: Maverick” is roaring to record heights. Jay Ellis’ profile is soaring into the stratosphere right along with it. Ellis, an actor who spent a significant and meaningful chunk of his youth in Tulsa, plays Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch in the film. He attended seventh grade at Carver Middle School and eighth … Read more