We did it! We made it through legislative session without the passage of HB464 "School Material Amendments" and HB38 "Sensitive Material Requirements". Both of these bills would have led to an increase in the removal of books and other materials from school library shelves. HB138 could also have led to the canceling of contracts with vendors who provide access to research databases.
Three things you can do to help position us for success in the legislature next year, as well as help build awareness and action at local school and library board meetings:
1) Share this link to help other Utahns who support libraries join the team: https://www.fightforthefirst.org/p/ILoveUTLibraries
2) Reach out to your legislators this spring and let them know you support public and school libraries (use this link to ID your legislator: https://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp)
3) Attend your local school board meetings and offer comments in support of school libraries and librarians.
Thank you for showing up and speaking up on behalf of libraries, and the freedom to read. Together, we are making a difference!
On behalf of the team at Let Utah Read