United Against Book Challenges: Crafting Effective Policies

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School Librarians are facing a rise in book challenges, with books often becoming the target of bans and criticisms due to their content. However, in an age that champions free expression and intellectual exploration, it's imperative that we address these challenges head-on. We will explore the South Orange- Maplewood school district policies and regulations related to the book challenges. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions and get an analysis of their school district's policies. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-racism Committee.

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Elissa Malespina

Elissa Malespina is a school librarian at Union High School in Union, New Jersey, and the First Vice President of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. She is currently the only school board member and school librarian in NJ and one of the few in the nation. The views are her own and are not representative of the South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education. Learn more about Elissa at www.elissamalespina.com. 

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