At the May 9 board meeting, three of five board members voted to remove 22 books from district libraries “forever,” citing concerns about “pornography.”
NAMPA, Idaho- This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press.
A Monday Nampa School Board business session will include a discussion of the process for disputed books in the district.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m. and will take place in the Board Room of the Ted J. Comstock Administration Building, 619 South Canyon Street, Nampa. School board meetings are also broadcast on the Nampa School District YouTube Channel.
At the May 9 council meeting, three of five council members voted to “forever” remove 22 books from district libraries, citing concerns about “pornography.” as previously stated. The books in question were being reviewed by committees of parents, teachers and staff to determine their suitability, but it’s unclear how the board’s decision would affect that.
The district released a statement later in the week, saying “the board and the district will work together to create a fair, consistent, and transparent process for handling disputed books.”
Monday’s discussion, titled ‘Process for Challenge Books’, is the second work session topic listed, following a discussion of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and preceding two other items on the discussion of priorities and goals. program and advice.
The workshop is open to the public, said Kathleen Tuck, district communications director. Tuck said she wasn’t sure if there would be time for public comment, noting that “the agenda doesn’t mention it.”
There is a part of the workshop at the end which is in executive session; these sessions are not required to be open to the public under Idaho’s open meeting law.
Council clerk Krissy LaMont did not immediately return a request for comment.
An accompanying document for Monday’s work session, titled “Follow-up on meeting notes on disputed books” includes notes such as “collaborate better with community”, “staff were better informed about options and process possible for the disputed books”, “the board was ‘t briefed on the options and possible process”, and lists consistency, transparency and accountability under “things needed to move forward”.
It also includes notes that read, “Meaning of pornography? and “Is this the meaning that is going to be used consistently.”
News of the board’s decision in May spread quickly through the community, with bookseller Rediscovered Bookshop pledging to set up special shelves for the books in question, purchase more books and distribute them. to the community in a tweet and newsletter. The bookstore has a store in Boise and Caldwell.
On Wednesday, June 8, the bookstore is hosting a “Banned Books Giveaway” event at the Flying M Coffee Garage in Nampa, 1314 2nd Street South, Nampa, from 6-8 p.m., according to the bookstore’s website. The event will give more than 1,250 copies of various books on the banned list that the public donated within a week of the council’s decision, according to the website. Anyone with a Nampa Schools ID card will be able to receive up to three copies of the books, and staff and teachers will also be able to take copies home, as previously noted.
A Reading of Forbidden Books will also be held on the lawn of the School District Administration Building (619 S. Canyon Street, Nampa) on Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m., hosted by the Nampa Banned Books Fan Club.
The books deleted based on the decision of the May meeting were “Kite Runner”, by Khaled Hosseini; “Leah on the Offbeat,” by Becky Albertalli; “The Prince and the Seamstress,” by Jen Wang; “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher; “Bus 57”, by Dashka Slater; “Drama”, by Raina Telgemeier; “In Search of Alaska”, by John Green; “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison; “The Handmaid’s Tale”, by Margaret Atwood; “l8r, g8r”, by Lauren Myracle; “Out of Darkness”, by Ashley Hope Perez; “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky; “Crank,” by Ellen Hopkins; “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian;” by Sherman Alexie; “City of Heavenly Fire,” by Cassandra Clare; “Clockwork Princess”, by Cassandra Clare; “Eleanor and Park”, by Rainbow Rowell; “Extremely strong and incredibly close”, by Jonathan Safran Foer; “Sold,” by Patricia McCormick; “Speak Up,” by Laurie Halse Anderson; “33 Snowfish”, by Adam Rapp; and “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health,” by Robie H. Harris.
This article originally appeared in the Idaho Press, learn more at IdahoPress.com.
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