May 22, 2022

Texas: “Residents Sue Llano County Officials, Library Director, Board Members to End Book Bans”

From the San Antonio Express-News:

A group of local residents are suing Llano County in federal court, alleging that the removal of certain library books for “pornographic content” is really a censorship effort in violation of the first and fourteenth amendments.

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The lawsuit alleges that officials have been “systematically removing award-winning books from library shelves because they disagree with the ideas within them,” and despite policies that prohibits the banning of books because of the “race or nationality or the political or religious views of the writer.”

“The censorship that Defendants have imposed on Llano County public libraries is offensive to the First Amendment and strikes at the core of democracy,” the complaint says. “The right to publish and receive ideas—even politically unpopular ideas or ones that some find offensive or distasteful— is enshrined in our Constitution.”

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More From the Texas Tribune

According to the suit, the defendants worked together to remove several children’s books that they found inappropriate from library shelves in early fall of last year. Then, after state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, notified the Texas Education Agency of a list of 850 books he found objectionable that were found in school libraries, some of the same titles were removed from the Llano libraries.

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Resources

Read the Full Text of the Complaint Filed in the Case (Little v. Llano County (5:22-cv-00400)
31 pages; PDF.

Direct to Case Docket (via Court Listener)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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