Indiana Library cuts teen section in half amid push for ‘age-appropriate’ books
The Hamilton East Public Library in Indiana has emptied over half of his juvenile section When searching for books considered unsuitable for children, the The Indianapolis Star reports Friday.
The section was stripped of novels like Judy Blume’s “Forever,” as well as comics, books about puberty, and more afterward the library board of trustees ordered staff to review titles over the next few months, IndyStar said.
In December, the Management Board implemented a politics Books that are not “age appropriate” will have to be removed from the juvenile section and moved to the adult section, with the extensive review process expected to cost up to $300,000.
The policy measures age appropriateness using criteria related to nudity, alcohol and drug use, violence and sexual content. During a board meeting on Thursday, politics was up expanded Including a list of profanities and criminal acts deemed inappropriate for young readers.
According to official documents, “18,000 unique copies [of books] are affected by the directive.
The move follows similar library reviews across the country – a Conservative-led push that has taken place targeted Books on race and LGBTQ+ issues. According to a recent report by the American Library Association, attempts to ban and restrict books in schools and public libraries rose to record levels in 2022.
Such efforts have led to becoming librarians molested and threatened with legal action. In Indiana, school librarians might soon bring criminal charges if they don’t comply House bill 1447, a proposal aimed at banning “harmful materials” from school libraries. The law was passed by the Indiana legislature this week and now awaits the governor’s signature to become law.