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How Can You Help Protect the Right to Read in Michigan?

MI Right to Read is an MLA initiative coordinated through the leadership of the Intellectual Freedom Task Force to protect the right to read in Michigan. Below are a few things you can do to take action for the right to read and support all Michiganders' First Amendment rights.

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Michigan Library Millages August Election Results

Check out our roundup of the August 2, 2022 election results for millage issues on ballots around the state. There were 48 millage questions on the ballots and 43 of these passed. We are proud of the library boards, staff, and supporters for their work on these campaigns and their dedication to supporting their libraries. The Library of Michigan provides a listing of Public Library Millage Election Results from 2010 to the present. View the results (pdf)

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Friday, August 05, 2022 03:21 PM

Patmos Library Millage

August 5, 2022

The Michigan Library Association stands in solidarity with the Patmos Library Board of Trustees on the decision to retain a small collection of LGBTQIA+ materials on their library shelves. We are equally disheartened to learn that continued funding for the library was defeated on the August primary ballot because the library would not remove these materials. 

We recognize that individuals have the right and responsibility to make decisions about what materials are suitable for themselves and their own families. We also stand united with the majority of the Patmos Library Board, and with librarians across the nation in upholding our Constitutional protections. The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. No one has the right to make rules restricting what other people read or to make decisions for other families. Freedom only exists when individuals can make their own choices. When a book is banned by those who want to censor voices they don’t agree with, our democracy itself is threatened.

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Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

MI Right to Read - Intellectual Freedom Fact Sheet

MI Right to Read is an MLA initiative coordinated through the leadership of the Intellectual Freedom Task Force to protect the right to read in Michigan. Visit MIRighttoRead.com today to join the coalition. View resources to assist libraries with first amendment challenges at milibraries.org/intellectual-freedom-toolkit.

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Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA Advocacy and Legislative Priorities Survey 2022-2023

Advocating for the Michigan library community is one of MLA's highest priorities. It has never been more important for librarians, staff members, trustees, and others with a vested interest in libraries to convey and address the challenges that their libraries and the library profession are facing. We hope you will take time out of your busy day to help us pinpoint our field's highest priorities.

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