By Deborah E. Mikula and Loren Khogali, September 30, 2022 at 12:18 p.m. EDT
Deborah E. Mikula is executive director of the Michigan Library Association.Loren Khogali is executive director of the ACLU of Michigan.
Imagine a town without a library.
In August, people in Jamestown, Mich., just outside Grand Rapids, signaled with their votes that they would rather defund — and possibly shutter — their only public library than keep books with LGBTQ themes on the shelves.
The impact of such a vote is deeply concerning. And the place from which it stems — a small but vocal minority trying to dictate what others can and cannot read — is even more troubling.
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The book-burning began only 100 days after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933.
Torchlight parades in 34 university towns led to bonfires where more than 25,000 volumes went up in flames for being “un-German.”
Among them were the works of Germans Thomas Mann, a Nobel-prize winner and anti-Nazi; Erich Maria Remarque, the anti-war author of All Quiet on the Western Front; and the 19th century Jewish-born poet Heinrich Heine, who had written prophetically, “Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.”
American writers Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway and even Helen Keller were among the verboten.
The declaration adds, “Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” This professional stance is known as “neutrality.”
By Stanley Kurtz, Feb. 24, 2022 Dr. Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank.
Recent news stories covering clashes over what books students should read in class and have access to in their school libraries have overlooked a major player in our unfolding scholastic drama.
We’ve been reading about traditionalist parents, progressive teachers and politicians of various stripes. Missing, however, has been the figure of the woke librarian.
What in the world is a woke librarian?
After all, through venerable proclamations like the Library Bill of Rights, America’s librarians have long pledged to “provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues.” The declaration adds, “Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” This professional stance is known as “neutrality.”
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