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This page is where you'll find resources developed by library organizations for parents, caregivers, and educators. This is where you will find information on how and why libraries do things the way they do, how school and public librarians make professional decisions, the ways library systems affect your family's well-being, and the steps you can take to support these programs. This is a great place to start when you are fighting for your child's access to libraries, certified librarians, and library programs.

Toolkits

  1. American Library Association's Advocacy & Talking Points Toolkit - Use this collection of research and information briefs when working with community members, policy analysts, and government officials (appropriate for public library issues).

  2. Intellectual Freedom 101 - A collection of resources, a complete slide deck, and webinar recording provided by the Oregon State Library targeting the freedom to read in school libraries.

  3. North Carolina School Library Media Association Advocacy Toolkit - Use this robust collection of resources to advocate for appropriate school library staffing, strong school library funding, legislative communication, and supporting your child's right and freedom to read.

  4. Parent School Library Advocate Toolkit - Use this collection of resources to familiarize yourself with what a school librarian actually does, what training and skills they bring to their work, what standards they adhere to, and how their program is a critical ingredient for your child's access to a high-quality, world-class education.

  5. Resources for Parents & Educators - Use this collection of resources to access research, training, documents, and other materials selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

  6. SCCCL Intellectual Freedom Resources - The South Carolina Center for Community Literacy Toolkit includes book challenge resources, intellectual freedom statements of support for messaging purposes, guidance on responding to concerns, and links to other organizations.

  7. Unite Against Book Bans - the American Library Association partnered with a large number of organizations to create and amplify this collection of resources including a downloadable tooklit, social media materials, talking points, civil engagement guidance, and additional resources.

Webpages

  1. American Library Association's Website on Fighting Censorship - Use this collection of resources to develop a strong counter-protest movement when book challenges and censorship attempts occur. The site includes examples of opinion pieces and op-eds, webinars, books, graphics, and guidance on responding to book challenges.

  2. American Library Association's Guide on Working with Community Leaders - Use this step-by-step guide to establish a robust network with community leaders. Includes a free video tutorial.

  3. Bookriot Censorship Archives - Continuously updated, use this site to keep up with censorship events, news stories, details on new organizations, and help with newly released materials.

  4. Dr. Tasslyn Magnusson's Book Censorship Database - Use this resource to "understand and differentiate between legitimate questions of local concern and the politicized or performative book and materials challenges that are attacking our libraries. The tabs are organized by School District, Books Challenged/Banned in School Districts, by public libraries, and books banned/challenged in school libraries. Additional tabs include lists of groups formed to push book bans and challenges and organizations and groups formed to push back against these political actions. The final tab is a list of other relevant articles found during research which includes student and teacher responses to bans as well as investigative pieces on funding of the political groups supporting bans." [Description quoted from source]

Handouts

  1. American Association of School Librarians Handout - a one page brief on how the school librarian and school library program contributes to your child's education. [.jpg file]

  2. Beaverton School District Sample Policies - A packet of policies for instructional material challenges developed and adopted by the Beaverton School District, including templates for use by parents, teachers, librarians, and school administrators. [.pdf file]

  3. Texas Association of School Librarians Handout - The largest classroom in your child's school? The school library! Ten reasons why parents and caregivers should visit and get to know their child's school library and school library program. [.pdf file]

  4. United for Libraries Terms and Definitions Related to Intellectual Freedom and Censorship - A list of important terminology defined in clear and accessible ways so that you have a full picture of how this language is used both correctly AND incorrectly.

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