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Pulaski County Special School District drops library’s digital learning tools, citing lack of ‘filter’

More than 11,000 Pulaski County students are unable to access online educational materials through their local public library as a legal precaution, according to school district administrators, in light of the statewide debate over what content children should be able to access in libraries.
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Pointing fingers and drawing lines: Saline County's library fight draws a crowd

The lawn outside the Saline County Courthouse was filled with fired-up library supporters and their opponents Monday night.

Saline County book ban watch

Saline County leaders have had it in for the county's top librarian for months now as she's stood in the way of their push to clear books about sex education and gender identity from children's shelves. The Saline County judge will likely win the power to fire library staff tonight, but library supporters plan a protest and say they'll keep fighting.

Waivers required for kids to use the Eureka Springs library as new censorship law goes into effect, Washington Post reports

Librarians and bookstore owners in Arkansas face real conundrums over how to comply with a new state law that makes them criminally liable if young people get their hands on harmful materials, but doesn't strictly define what those materials are or how to keep them away from young eyes.

This summer reading list fights fascism

The books your state legislature doesn’t want in your child’s hands.

Crawford County parents sue library system over relocation of LGBTQ+ children’s books

Arkansas library children's sections are ground zero in conservatives' efforts to block LGBTQ+ people and systemic racism from young minds.

It's two to one in Saline County billboard fight over book banning

The battle of the billboards is taking shape amid a battle over books in the Saline County Library. Do librarians and parents know best what children should read, or should we turn over the decision to one guy?

Saline Republicans a little too X-cited about these books they're trying to ban

A billboard paid for by the Saline County Republicans directs people to, where you can find a juicy list of books these poor Republican women have forced themselves to read so they could warn you about all the sexy stuff inside. Bless their hearts, I just know they hated doing that.

Historian hears echoes from the past in debate over what history to teach in schools

W.E.B. DuBois once wrote that nations “make hideous mistakes; they commit frightful wrongs; they do great and beautiful things. And shall we not best guide humanity by telling the truth about all this, so far as the truth is ascertainable?” A number of people, including some state legislators, prefer to answer DuBois’s question with a resounding no. We've suffered this kind of propaganda before.

Here's the story of what happened when Rep. Stephen Meeks challenged a sex ed book at the Faulkner County Library

An Arkansas representative whose book challenges were denied argued that public libraries should be more heavily policed to censor explicit materials. A public library supporter took a deep dive on the story and came away with a far different conclusion.

Lonoke County Moms for Liberty keeps a list of books to ban. Wanna see it?

"Of Mice and Men," "Brave New World" and "Beloved" are on a list of books Moms for Liberty of Lonoke County would like to see kept out of young people's hands.

Senate committee OKs bill allowing government censorship, criminal charges for teachers and librarians

Among other things, Senate Bill 81 creates a new crime. Should this bill become law, it will be a misdemeanor for teachers and librarians to knowingly allow minors access to materials that include "nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse."