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I got this from the COL listserv. It does look like ALA is crafting a response:
Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Demand Investigation Into ALA's Religious Discrimination Against Brave Books
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The letter is from Senators in 3 states--Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senator Kevin Cramer (ND). The issue seems to be suggestions that were made at an ALA program about ways to avoid the August 5 "Library Takeover Campaign." IMLS does not directly fund ALA. I see only one grant to ALA in the latest list of IMLS grants--LG-254862-OLS-23 | Institute of Museum and Library Services (imls.gov) for developing new tools and training models to support authentic engagement of Spanish-speaking families. So, whoever drafted the letter did not look very carefully at how IMLS works with ALA.
Missouri Librarians were sent a letter from the John Ashcroft, MO. Secretary of State on July 25, 2023 warning them that ALA uses "somewhat nefarious measures to restrict groups and organizations not subscribing to certain viewpoints from reserving meeting rooms and hosting events." An image of the letter is here:
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Libraries should review the ALA Meeting Room Policy and footnotes to the policy which provides guidance: Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues (ala.org)
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