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Statewide rules regulating placement of sexually explicit library books officially enshrined in administrative code

The new Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) rule changes that came from Gov. Kay Ivey in response to citizens’ concerns over sexually explicit and obscene children’s books are officially part of Alabama’s administrative code as of Monday.

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Emily Jones: Weakness … where has our strength gone?

If the battles we are facing today aren’t enough to help people find their strength and overcome their weaknesses, where does that leave our children? What kind of society does that leave for them? 

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Laura Clark: Drink Freely, a satire

From baby’s first wine cooler to an afterschool Bud Light for your middle schooler, this store made certain our youngest drinkers can find the right drink for them.

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'What an insult to the parents of our state': Advocates outraged over library obscenity bill failure due to gambling gridlock

Parents and reform advocates are outraged that instead of taking steps to protect children from potentially harmful material, the state legislature instead prioritized a gambling bill that got lost in political gamesmanship.

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Advocacy groups sue Prattville Library board over sexually explicit books policies

A collection of groups and individuals have filed a lawsuit against the Prattville-Autauga Library Board over its policies for regulating and placing potentially obscene or sexually explicit children’s books.

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'Great step toward protecting children' — Reaction comes in on House passage of bill removing school, public library obscenity exceptions

After the House of Representatives passed legislation removing school and public library’s immunity from the state’s obscenity laws, advocates on both sides of the sexually explicit book debate are weighing in on the decision.  

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State Sen. Elliott files bill to allow local authorities to remove library board members at will

State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) recently pre-filed a bill that clarifies the right of municipal and county authorities to appoint and dismiss local library board members at their discretion.

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State library director Nancy Pack concedes to Ivey, dissolves state board membership with American Library Association

A recent letter from Alabama Public Library Service director Nancy Pack announced that the APLS would discontinue its membership with the American Library Association and offered guidelines for libraries to address sexually explicit children's books.

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Activists applaud North Shelby County Library board for keeping LGBTQ books in children’s section

Activists gathered at the North Shelby County Library on Thursday night to praise the library board members for keeping an LGBTQ display in the children’s section in June after backlash from residents who felt it was inappropriate for kids.

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ALGOP's Wahl defends roundtable discussion participation on explicit library books: 'I am afraid Read Freely Alabama may have forgot the role of good government'

Alabama GOP chairman John Wahl recently responded to complaints over his involvement in a scheduled roundtable discussion over explicit library books.

Governor Kay Ivey visited J.F. Shields High School and spoke to students during an assembly Monday September 11, 2023 in Beatrice, Ala. Alabama News
Ivey responds to state library director, calls for policy changes: 'I still lack confidence that our libraries are most effectively fulfilling their mission'

Gov. Kay Ivey recently responded to Alabama Public Library Service director Nancy Pack’s defense of the state’s partnership with the American Library Association, expressing no abatement to her concerns and suggesting policy changes.

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It’s NOT perfectly normal: Private investigator alerts FBI to ‘child pornography' found in Fairhope Library

The Fairhope City Council heard from more concerned citizens Monday about inappropriate material being reported in the Fairhope Public Library.