- Parents have the right to guide their children’s reading and education, but parents should not be making decisions for other parents’ children. A small group of parents should not dictate what other people’s children are allowed to read.
- Books are tools for understanding complex issues. Limiting young people’s access to books does not protect them from life’s complex and challenging issues. In fact, it may render them less prepared to navigate the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood.
- Young people deserve to see themselves reflected in a library’s books.
- We can trust our students to handle content that might make some adults uncomfortable.
- Reading is a foundational skill, critical to future learning, developing empathy, and to exercising our democratic freedoms.
- Removing and banning books from public libraries is a slippery slope to government censorship and the erosion of our country’s commitment to freedom of speech.
- Attempting to restrict your child’s access to information will only prevent them from reading it from a reliable and safe source.
- Please reject any efforts to ban books; allow individuals and parents to make decisions about what they can read and believe.
Don't let other parents tell you what your child can read!
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