Dearborn book prohibits attracting supporters and enemies

Dearborn Hundreds of people stood outside the Henry Ford Centenary Library in Dearborn on Sunday in opposing demonstrations: to speak out against a recent book ban on some titles reflecting sexuality by the school district and for those who want parents and not the district to choose which books their children have access to.

Ross Grover, district counselor, at Dearborn Public Library, said seven books were temporarily held from circulation in Dearborn Public Schools libraries during the review of the material review process.oard of september 12th education meeting. A district book review committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and media professionals will review titles and more in Dearborn School libraries.

The removed addresses were submitted by the parents. They are: “Push” from Sapphire. “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold; “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Roel; “Red, White, and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston; “And They Lived” by Stephen Salvatore; “All Boys Are Not Blue” by George M. Johnson; and “This Book Like Me” by Juno Dawson.

Dearborn Police officers separate attending the rally to protect our children from Sam Smalley, downtown Dearborn, as Smalley yells a trumpet as speakers at the rally speak from the podium, Sunday afternoon, September 25, 2022.

Five of the books were removed from the area’s physical libraries while two were available as e-books through an online catalog. Since the district does not have the authority to organize books in the catalog, they have temporarily removed student access to the entire online library.

“As their first task, the county book review committee will meet to make a recommendation on the suitability of the seven books already identified,” Grover said at the September 12 meeting. The committee will consider “what is appropriate … more specific insofar as it is appropriate for our libraries.”

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