Children’s Online Safety Law Could Harm Minors, Civil Society Groups Warn

Dozens of civil society groups urged lawmakers in a letter on Monday not to pass a bill aimed at protecting children from online harm, warning that the bill itself could actually create further dangers for children and teens. Groups including the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future and the Wikimedia Foundation sent letters … Read more

The culture wars driving book bans (Part 2) | local news

Concerned about the teaching of critical race theory — which is not typically taught in public elementary, middle and high schools — New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled legislature joined many other states in 2021 (and 2022) to approve a ” split concept” approach. The law prohibits the teaching or use of textbooks about systemic racism, sexism and … Read more

2022 County Data Book from Kids Count Measures Kentucky Children’s Well-being by County; Smoking Reduction in Pregnancy | News

This year’s 2022 Kentucky Child Count County Data Book looks at the well-being of children in each county, highlighting the importance of developing meaningful policies to support Kentucky youth, with a focus on listening to what young people have to say and taking action on them Very important. “We want to challenge our lawmakers to … Read more

‘[A] ‘Blind date with a book’ | Penn State’s Comparative Literature Club prepares for book sale fundraiser | Lifestyle

The Penn State Comparative Literature Club is running its second charitable book drive in preparation for a “blind sale” later this month. A blind sale hides the book’s cover and title, providing only a brief written description to sway potential readers. Kevin Mora, events coordinator for the Comparative Literature Club, said each book will be … Read more

Book Ban in Nampa Affects AP English Classes, Local News in School Libraries

Earlier this month, the Nampa School Board ordered a “permanent” ban on 22 books from the school library due to “pornography” concerns, three of which were on the Nampa School District’s AP English course recommended reading list. They won’t. Trilogy: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer … Read more

Analysis: How ancient homophobic language was used to mislead voters

Washington CNN — A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter.To get it in your inbox every week, sign up for free here. Legislators in dozens of mostly Republican-led states have passed or introduced a record number of anti-LGBTQ bills this year, according to a CNN analysis of data collected by the … Read more

New Obscure Owner; Bill Flores on Energy; Waco’s Heat; Economic Trends

The two Fuzzy’s Taco Shop locations in Waco have changed hands, acquired by Chad and Holly Trail, which already owns and operates Brown House Cafe in Woodway. The Trails announced the acquisition on Facebook, assuring Brown House fans that they don’t plan to make any changes there. There’s no mention of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop tweaks, … Read more

Looking back on an extraordinary year

Jackie Kolb “Citizens” Special As the seasons change, we wanted to take a moment to highlight all the amazing things happening at the Seymour Library in 2022! The year kicked off with the library’s newly revamped Read More Reading Challenge: This or That. (If you’re taking a reading challenge, don’t forget to submit your reading … Read more

New report finds coordinated rise in banned book attempts

More than 1,600 titles have been banned throughout the 2021-22 school year, according to a new report from PEN America, an organization that advocates for free speech. According to the report, the surge in book bans is the result of a network of local political and advocacy groups targeting books with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines, … Read more