Report: “Central Arkansas Library System Moving Forward With Lawsuit Against State Library Law”
The board of the Central Arkansas Library System voted to move forward Thursday on a lawsuit against a new state law regulating public libraries.
Act 372 requires books deemed by a court to be “harmful to minors” to be placed in a restricted section that’s inaccessible to children, even with parental permission. If libraries allow minors to access restricted books, their employees could be subject to criminal penalties under the law.
[John] Adams [an attorney for the Central Arkansas Library System] says librarians from across the state, bookstore owners, patrons and special interest groups want to join the lawsuit seeking to clarify and challenge the law. One of the patrons in the lawsuit is a 17-year-old Little Rock Central High School student.
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