Committee formed to review library books in Dearborn schools

DEARBORN, Mich. – A committee has been formed to examine the books in the library in Dearborn Schools, which has sparked a battle over books in the city, particularly over what should and shouldn’t be on the shelves. It’s a problem in communities across the country and one that’s heating up.

Dearborn Public Schools is the latest district in the state to start looking books around LGBTQ and sexuality issues. The district is creating a committee to review seven library books, including Push, The Lovely Bones and This Book Is Gay.

A district spokesperson said concerns about the titles were raised by a single parent who said he spoke on behalf of other parents.

Dearborn Public Schools said in a statement Thursday, Sept. 22, “Dearborn Public Schools has not banned any books. We will evaluate books to ensure they are age appropriate and content is presented in an appropriate context.

They continued:

“Schools have always had to follow federal and state laws, but more importantly, they must also consider the attitudes, beliefs and customs of the local community they serve.”

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Dearborn is the latest district to face opposition over what is available to students as concerns about specifically LGBTQ or gender identity topics on library shelves grow.

So far this year, Michigan has ranked No. 6 on the list of most banned books, with 41 this school year according to writers group PEN American.

The trend is troubling for the head of the Michigan Library Association and Librarians.

“Many have not seen anything like this in their 30 years in office,” said Debbie Mikula. “Nothing compares to this. Nothing.”

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