Nampa School Board discusses book process challenged on Monday

At a board meeting on May 9, three of the five board members voted to remove 22 books from county libraries “forever,” citing concerns about “pornography.”

Nampa, Idaho – This article originally appeared in Idaho press.

Monday’s Nampa School Board working session will include a discussion of the district’s challenged book process.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m., and will take place in the Board Room at the Ted J. Comstock Administration Building, 619 South Canyon Street, Nampa. School board meetings are also broadcast on Nampa School District YouTube Channel.

At the board meeting on May 9, three of the five board members voted to remove 22 books from county libraries “forever,” citing concerns about “pornography,” as I said befor. The books in question were under review by parent-teacher and staff committees to determine their suitability, but it is unclear how the board’s decision will affect this.

The district issued a statement later that week, saying, “The Board of Directors and the District will work together to establish a fair, consistent and transparent procedure for handling challenged books.”

Monday’s discussion, listed as “Process Books Challenge”, is the second topic of the included working session, after discussing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and before two other items on the discussion of curriculum and board priorities and objectives.

The workshop is open to the public, said Kathleen Tok, director of communications for the district. Tack said she did not know if there would be time for public comment, noting that “the agenda doesn’t mention that.”

There is a portion of the workshop at the end that is in an executive session; These sessions are not required to be open to the public in accordance with the Idaho Open Meetings Act.

Board writer Chrissy Lamont did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The document accompanying Monday’s working session, titled “Follow-up of Challenge Books Meeting Notes” includes notes such as “Cooperate better with the community,” “Staff were more familiar with options and possible process for challenge books,” “Was not aware of possible options and processes.” and lists consistency, transparency, and accountability among “things needed to move forward”.

It also includes notes that read, “What does pornography mean?” and “Is this the meaning that will be used consistently.”

The board’s decision in May spread quickly through the community, with retailer Rediscovered Bookshop pledging to create special shelves for the books in question, to buy more books and distribute them to the community in a tweet and newsletter. The library has a store in Boise and Caldwell.

On Wednesday, June 8, the bookstore is planning a “Banned Books Giveaway” event at the Flying M Coffee Garage in Nampa, 1314 2nd Street South, Nampa, 6-8 p.m., According to the library’s website. Event will give away More than 1250 copies of different books from the banned list That the public donated in one week after the decision of the board of directors, according to the site. Anyone with a Nampa Schools ID will be able to receive up to three copies of books, and staff and teachers will be able to take home copies as well, as previously reported.

A Forbidden Book Reading will also be held in the garden of the District Administration Building (619 S. Canyon Street, Nampa) on Monday, June 13, at 6 p.m., organized by Nampa Banned Books Fan Club.

The books that were removed based on the decision of the May meeting are “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini. “Lea on Anomalies” by Becky Albertali; “The Prince and the Tailor” by Jin Wang; “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher; “Bus 57” by Dashka Slater; “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier; “Finding Alaska,” by John Green; “The Blue Eye” by Toni Morrison; “The Handmaid’s Tale” (in English), by Margaret Atwood; “l8r, g8r” by Lauren Miracle; “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez; “The Advantages of Being a Freshener” (in English), by Stephen Chbosky; “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins; “A Absolutely Real Diary of a Part-time Indian Person;” by Alexey Sherman; “City of Heavenly Flames” by Cassandra Clare; “Clockwork Princess” (in English), by Cassanrda Clare; “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell; “So High and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer; “Sold” by Patricia McCormick; “Speak” by Laurie Hales Anderson; “33 Snowfish” by Adam Rapp; and “It’s All Natural: Changing Bodies, Growth, Sex, and Sexual Health” by Robbie H. Harris.

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