Dear ALA Members,
We need your voice and those in our broader library community who support the right to read to act NOW and tell our representatives to vote NO on HR5. Please see the below message from Alan S. Inouye, Ph,D., Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations and Interim Associate Executive Director:
ALA has launched a new federal action on censorship - we need everyone's support in this important moment. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5, the so-called "Parents Bill of Rights Act," legislation that would open the door to more book banning in school libraries and communities nationwide. We're calling on ALA members, staff, and advocates to urge their Representatives to vote no on this legislation.
This bill would require school libraries that receive federal funding to provide a list of available materials to parents upon request and develop a new system to allow parents to challenge materials. As we know, this is already the case in school libraries across the country – parents already can search a library's catalogue and communicate with staff about their concerns. And so this bill is an unnecessary and unfunded federal mandate. But if this bill became law, it would provide book banners another tool and leverage point to censor materials in libraries. We cannot allow supporters of censorship to pass and weaponize this legislation against libraries and library workers.
Please take action and share this message with your own networks - we need every voice to protect the freedom to read. You can use our action center to call your Representative and urge them to vote no on H.R. 5. Link to share on social below, along with sample copy for social media.
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Sample social: The House of Representatives is voting on dangerous legislation this week that would give more tools to book banners. ALA and library advocates are taking action. Join us - call your Rep and urge them to vote NO on HR5: bit.ly/ProtectFreedom2Read
Alan S. Inouye, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations and Interim Associate Executive Director
American Library Association
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Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada
ALA President, 2022-2023
Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Public Library