• Keep Our Library Public
    Erie County Executive Brenton Davis and some members of the County Council have wrongly entered into a lease agreement with Gannon University, a private, religious, tax-exempt institution without input or approval from taxpayers.  The lease grants Gannon the takeover of 3200 square feet as well as access to substantial portions of the only public library located within the City of Erie—the Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library.   Members and supporters of “Keep our Library Public” (KOLP) span all ages, genders, incomes, backgrounds, and political affiliations.  We live and pay taxes in municipalities throughout Erie County.  We believe our elected officials should carry out their official duties openly, responsibly, and with reasonable input from their constituents—the residents and taxpayers of Erie County.    But over and over again, our elected officials, the Bishop of the Erie Diocese, and the Gannon University administration, have ignored the voices of library users and hardworking taxpayers. The past County Council Chairman denied our right to speak at a December 2023 public meeting, and even had people removed from that meeting.    Sign and share this petition to tell our elected leaders to listen to taxpayers, keep our public library public, and cancel the lease immediately. 
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  • ALL students deserve a FULL TIME school librarian
    Lenape Regional High School students deserve the best preparation for their future college and career plans. The LRHSD dismissed two tenured school librarians for the upcoming school year, leaving only three librarians for four schools. Since 2021, LRHSD has lost 70% of it's school librarians due to staffing cuts. Further reductions will impair LRHSD's 6,500 students' ability to engage in research and access support for 21st Century information literacy life skills. We need to take action NOW to send the board the message to reinstate these two full-time school librarian positions so that all Lenape Regional High School District students at every school can have the fully staffed school library with certified school librarians they need and deserve. Studies show that students who have access to a full time, certified school librarian and a strong school library program have higher academic achievement and are better prepared for college and careers. Tell the Board of Education and school administrators all Lenape Regional High School students deserve a full time certified school librarian. The board meets next on June 26, (mark your calendars!) but decisions are being finalized now! Time is of the essence! Sign the NJASL/NJLA petition and share with your neighbors, and you will be redirected to an email campaign to send an email to the school board and administrators about the importance of a fully staffed school library for all LRHSD students. 
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  • Keep the Iron River Library open!
    Some community members are saying they want to close down the library or have it withdraw from the Northern Waters Library System. If that happened, we would lose:  • Access to books across seven northern Wisconsin counties and beyond • The technology needed to operate the library • Access to ebooks, movies, news, and recipes through programs like Libby, Kanopy, Creative Bug, and the New York Times. • Library support services, and many other benefits. Essentially, if the Iron River Library is forced to withdraw from Northern Waters, our library would most likely close, harming not only Iron River residents, but also residents of the surrounding communities served by the Library including Port Wing, Orienta, Oulu, Trip, Delta, Brule, Maple and beyond.  Everyone benefits and our communities flourish when we have free access to books, videos, materials, educational opportunities, internet usage, and the support services the library provides.  Please sign and share this petition to send a clear message to the Iron River Town Board and the Library Board of Trustees
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  • Support the Pickens County Library
    There is a coordinated attempt by some in our community to censor books and ideas at the Pickens County Library. Now they are pressuring our County Council members to interfere in the funding and independent governing of the library in an attempt to control what we read. We call on the County Council to act in the best interest of all county residents and fully fund the library and refrain from intrusion into Library Board decisions.  Sign here to tell the County Council that we support the freedom to read at the Pickens County Library and oppose any attempts at government overreach. 
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  • 6/18: Tell Monmouth Regional HS BOE students deserve FULL TIME school librarian
    Studies show that students who have access to a full time, certified school librarian and a strong school library program have higher academic achievement and are better prepared for college and careers. Tell the Board of Education Monmouth Regional High School students deserve a full time certified school librarian.
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  • Support our Pequannock Library
      We want our library to represent us all, no matter our background, with books and events that reflect and enrich our existence, and expand our horizons.    However, we have a Town Council and newly appointed members of the Library Board of Trustees who are attempting to take back funds from the library that should be spent on more library programs and services.    Instead of using the taxes legally raised to support the Library, the Town Council is unethically redirecting those tax dollars to fund pet projects like new pickleball courts.     These decisions, combined with bullying and "get on board" demands from Township officials has led Librarian Debbie Maynard to resign after 10 years of dedicated service.     We are also seeing the Library Trustee Board stacked with new members appointed for partisan political reasons, rather than as responsible stewards and advocates of the library’s mission. Instead, they are there to rubber stamp Town Council demands for library money to fund pet projects.    Our library deserves better, and our community certainly deserves better. We call on the Town Council and the Library Board to make a public commitment to:  1.     Direct that all library tax money be spent on library programs and services!  2.     Hire a new librarian who shares Debbie Maynard’s vision, values, and ethics to serve          the entire community.  Please sign and share this petition to show your support for the Pequannock Township Public Library
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  • Thank You to Our Trusted Educators!
    We'd like to thank CV’s trusted School Administration for inviting Actor and Author Maulik Pancholy to visit with students at Mountain View Middle School on May 22nd, 2024. By all accounts, the assembly, which centered around the issue of bullying from the perspective of a celebrity who was also teased as a child, was as powerful and inspirational as the school's planners intended. Since the School Board originally interfered with this timely and important school event, we call on the CV community to stay involved and engaged leading into this election cycle, as several school board seats are “up for grabs.” We need our local politicians to take critical issues like bullying seriously, and offer their support to our Educators, instead of getting in the way. In spite of the setback and embarrassment caused by the Board, the reinstatement of Mr. Pancholy's talk sent a powerful message to the community that our schools are, and should be, safe and welcoming places for all students. Please sign and share this petition to express thanks to the CV Administration, Faculty and Staff who invited Mr. Pancholy, and then bravely spoke up when his assembly was briefly canceled; demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding a positive learning environment for all students. --- This petition is sponsored by Neighbors for CV Kids, a local, non-partisan group of parents and neighbors that seeks to support schools, teachers and libraries in their mission to educate the children of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
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  • Support Greater Transparency in the Fort Bend ISD Book Challenge Process
    To date, more than 30 reconsideration requests have been submitted, asking the district to review materials found in high school libraries. Parents and residents of Fort Bend ISD have the right to know who is submitting these challenges and why. Currently, this level of transparency is only made available by submitting a Freedom of Information Act request; an increase of requests could potentially consume valuable resources. Thus, we are asking Fort Bend ISD to take a proactive approach and make the following information publicly available on their website for each reconsideration request submitted: • Copy of the submitted Request for Reconsideration of Instruction Materials • Copy of the completed Reconsideration Rubric for Library Materials • Reconsideration outcome with an explanation of the decision
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  • Support the Metropolis Public Library
    The Metropolis Public Library is under attack by a very vocal, small group of individuals who seek to impose their own personal agenda on others in the community. We are deeply concerned about the extreme rhetoric increasingly directed at our public libraries. Such divisive language not only misrepresents the mission of these vital institutions but also sows discord within our community. Libraries are pillars of free expression, education, and community engagement. It is crucial that we address and counteract this harmful rhetoric to preserve the integrity of our libraries and ensure they remain safe, inclusive spaces for all members of our community. Citizens should remain vigilant against any form of government overreach that manipulates public libraries for personal or political agendas. Libraries serve as beacons of free thought and knowledge, and their integrity must be protected from partisan influences that threaten to undermine their role as unbiased resources for the community.
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  • Support the Mississippi Valley Library District
    The Mississippi Valley Library District faces a growing number of challenges to its collection and services from a very vocal, small group of individuals who seek to impose their own religious or moral beliefs on others in the community. These newest board members have: - Promoted censorship of materials (library board president removed materials from a library display) - Recently voted to limit public comment in an effort to silence the concerned residents - Past board meeting videos and FOIA's have revealed anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-inclusion rhetoric and discrimination against a library staff member by a new board member Citizens should remain vigilant against any form of government overreach that manipulates public libraries for political agendas. Libraries serve as beacons of free thought and knowledge, and their integrity must be protected from partisan influences that threaten to undermine their role as unbiased resources for the community.
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  • Stop the NH-V Book Ban!
    The right to read has been under attack in the United States since 2021. In 2023, the American Library Association recorded attempts to ban 4,240 titles, a 65% surge over the previous year and the highest level ever recorded. Our community should not be participating in the unAmerican act of book banning. Please help us preserve intellectual freedom and retain "Let's Talk About It."
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  • Support the Freedom to Read in Carroll County
    There is a small group in our community that is attacking libraries and librarians because they dislike the themes and ideas in certain books. Most of the books they are targeting are about LGBTQ+ people and people of color. Last year this group went after our school libraries, where they had more than 50 books pulled from shelves. Now they are threatening the funding of the Carroll County Public Library to “send a message" to librarians who support the freedom to read. We recognize these attacks for what they are: censorship. No one is required to read books or use resources they personally object to, but removing them denies access to everyone who values them. Please sign and share this petition to take a stand against censorship and support the full funding of the Carroll County Public Library in the upcoming budget.
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