Materials Challenges

Last updated: July 5, 2022

Introduction to the Issue: 

RAILS strongly supports the Association of Illinois School Library Educator's (AISLE) efforts to oppose attempts to censor or remove books from school libraries, including their recent statement on censorship:

"AISLE is opposed to any attempt to force the removal of materials from school libraries. We strongly condemn recent efforts, by force or intimidation, to remove works that focus on or document the experiences of members of the LGBTQIA+ or BIPOC communities. We oppose censorship and any effort that limits or denies access to materials to coerce belief, suppress opinion, or punish those whose expression does not conform to a singular point-of-view of history, politics, or religion."

Read the full statement here

What RAILS Is Doing: 
  • RAILS Member Update, January 19, 2022 - Presentation on Materials Challenges (YouTube)
  • RAILS holds monthly meetings with representatives from AISLE and other statewide partner organizations in support of school libraries. Three events will be offered beginning March 2022 to support education and advocacy around book challenges.
What Can You Do?: 
Library Examples: 


Thank you Hannah, a lot of great resources on the CBLDF site!