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Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board loses another trustee

BY: - November 29, 2023

A fourth member of the Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board resigned on Wednesday, joining three others who left in protest of an appointment Autauga County commissioners made to fill a vacancy on the library board. Tommy Gamper resigned Wednesday afternoon, leaving the board with three members – Sandra Harvey, Doug Darr and Christine Sellers. Darr and […]

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Alabama Public Library Service tables proposal to sever ties with American Library Association

BY: - November 17, 2023

The Alabama Public Library Service Board will retain its membership with the American Library Association for the near future. Members of the board Thursday voted to table a motion from board member John Wahl in order to  gather additional information about what the APLS could lose should it decide to sever its ties with the […]

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First Amendment advocates fight growing number of U.S. book bans

BY: - October 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — One of Thomasina Brown’s favorite books is a memoir about a girl who deals with the grief of losing her father and struggles with her sexual identity. Brown, a 16-year-old student at Nixa High School in Nixa, Missouri, said in an interview that she felt a connection with the book, as she grieved […]

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Gov. Kay Ivey wants Alabama Public Library Service to tie funding to book policies

BY: - October 4, 2023

Gov. Kay Ivey Wednesday asked the Alabama Public Library Service make funding for local libraries contingent upon conforming to policy changes that Ivey says will protect children in libraries. “Libraries should be a place for exploring a wide variety of viewpoints and ideas,” Ivey wrote in the letter. “At the same time, however, libraries must […]

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Alabama Public Library Service: It’s ‘essential’ parents determine suitability of books

BY: - September 20, 2023

The head of the Alabama Public Library Service wrote in a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey last week that it was “essential” that parents determine the suitability of library materials for their children. “Children constitute a diverse demographic with varying talents, abilities and needs, influenced by factors such as age, cultural background, sociological context and […]