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Auburn School Board to vote on revised library book procedures

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At its August meeting, the Auburn School Board is expected to vote on revised library book procedures, giving parents more control over what books their kids can check out.

“All Boys Aren’t Blue” sparks debate

The Citizen reports the proposal comes after complaints from some parents last year about what they said were inappropriate books in the library, particularly “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto,” by George M. Johnson. The book covers Johnson’s experience growing up as a queer Black person.

Under the school district’s current procedures, in order to have a book removed from the library, it must be challenged in writing. A committee then reviews the work and makes a recommendation to the school board on whether or not it should be removed from the library. The committee recommended that “All Boys Aren’t Blue” should remain on the shelf, but that the School Board should review its policy.

Related: Parents call for removal of controversial book from Auburn High School library

New policy would allow parents to create “no check out” list

The new policy under consideration would allow parents to list titles they don’t want their kids to access.

The school board is expected to vote on the proposal at its August 9 meeting.

Related: Auburn school board forms committee to address book banning issue