Challenger: I’m not trying to ban books but these are not appropriate; review will extend into next school year | education

Three people spoke about the 24 book challenges facing Catawba County Schools during a school board meeting on Monday. The review of the books will not be completed until the new school year, after the summer break. The books were challenged in March. The policy says the school system has 15 school days to review … Read more

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

‘Sex work is not a bad term,’ says book for high schoolers

Prostitution – nbd. A new woke book that compares sex work to upstanding jobs like store clerk and architect — “Seeing Gender: an Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression” — is accessible to NYC teens and some parents aren’t happy about it. The 208-page tome is available to public high schoolers as part of the … Read more

Independence MO schools pull book with nonbinary character

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters. “Cats vs. Robots: This is War” is an adventure about feline secret agents and mechanical overlords. It isn’t a screed pushing gender identity issues. catsvsrobots.com Removing books from school … 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

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