Tools to Prepare for and Address Book Challenges

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About the Book Challenge Toolkit 

CSLA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and the California State Library (CLA) collaborted on this 5-step toolkit to guide teacher librarians, library staff, and administrators in creating clear, equitable, and transparent policies and procedures for selecting materials for school libraries and for addressing questions or challenges to those materials.  This effort is in alignment with the principles of librarianship creating equity and protecting intellectual freedom.


Download the full toolkit here


Special thanks to our team:

Jenn Roush, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District

Sasha Kinney, District Librarian, Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Fran Prather, Teacher Librarian, Oceanside Unified School District

Kathryn Levenson, Teacher Librarian, Piedmont High School Library

Lisa Cheby, Education Librarian, California State University Northridge

Jeff Barbosa,  California State Library Communications Officer

Jim Knight, California State Library Graphic Designer


Greg Lucas, California State Librarian

For more about how CA Legislators and the Governor are fighting book challenges, read the Governor's Letter to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Prinicpals and see our Current Legislation page.

New Resource from ALA & NYP

Banner in blue with words in light blue: Banned (with yellow cross out through it) Books For All. Then logos for NYPL, ALA, United Against Book Bans. Underneath is #UnitedAgainstBookBans

CSLA Wants to Hear about your Book Challenges & Censorship Experiences

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Please share your examples and stories using the form below.  While we do have personnel that can provide on the ground support, your stories will help us advocate for safer library spaces for all and equal access to diverse information for all California students.  If you want to be inovled, we encoruage you to join CSLA and our Intellectual Freedom Committee.