Utah’s indie bookstores are leading the charge against school book bans

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“We have a whole collection of banned books,” said Cindy Dumas, owner and founder of Marissa’s Books. “The trouble is that [the list of banned titles] keeps expanding.”

Ken Sanders, owner of Ken Sanders Rare Books, seen here in Salt Lake City. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.The removal of books from school shelves has spurred community support from Salt Lake City independent bookstore owners.

Of the books that were targeted in the Alpine School District, PEN America reported, 21 of them — or 41% — had LGBTQ+ themes or characters. “[Students] need the opportunity to find something that represents their values,” said Baughman. “Especially in public education.” “When you have a skewed vision of who you are, then how can you aspire to be your best self?” Holman said.

Mahoney offers a community gift card for teachers seeking to buy queer literature for their classrooms. Any customer can donate to this “card,” which will supplement educators’ purchases.

Source: Education Headlines (educationheadlines.net)

 

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