Books on a library shelf

The most dangerous idea in a library? Empathy

BY: - September 25, 2023

My 9-year-old daughter recently asked me if reading really makes you smarter. Put on the spot, I garbled my answer. I was driving, and we had to get to a softball practice on time. But here’s what I wanted to say: Reading teaches you new things. But more importantly, it makes you a more empathetic […]

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Ozark Library increases parental supervision requirements but doesn’t remove books

BY: - September 20, 2023

OZARK– The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Wednesday approved new policies that will require more parental supervision of children in libraries but did not explicitly remove or ban any books.  The approval came in a meeting that was far less tense – and far less crowded – than a special called meeting in […]

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Calls to remove LGBTQ-themed books from Ozark library lead to tense meeting

BY: - August 31, 2023

OZARK — A meeting Wednesday over a call for the Ozark-Dale County public library to remove books with LGBTQ characters and themes drew over 100 people and led to fierce arguments over parental rights and censorship.  The meeting came after the library received complaints about two books in the library’s young adult section from Dale […]