The Librarians Fighting Book Bans
“The whole point [of a library] is to provide a wide variety of viewpoints and let the reader decide.”
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Carolyn Foote was furious when Republican lawmakers in Texas singled out hundreds of books about race or sexuality for removal from school libraries. So she and a group of other librarians stepped into the fray to push back against what they see as harmful censorship.
Guest: Carolyn Foote, former librarian for schools outside Austin, Texas.
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