News - Advocacy
Friday, December 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Books Save Lives Act Introduced To US Congress

The Books Save Lives Act would ensure trained librarians in every school and classify book bans as federal civil rights violations.

Representative Ayanna Pressley discusses the Books Save Lives Act in front of signs displaying the covers of frequently-banned booksIntroduced late last week by Massachusetts Congressional Representative Ayanna Pressley, the four part bill is one of the first to directly address book bans on the national level. Where "Fight Book Bans" would open up money for school districts to fight book challenges, Books Save Lives goes even further to ensure that students have access not only to material but to trained librarians in their school libraries. It would also classify book bans as a violation of Federal Civil Rights–this ties right into the arguments being made in a wealth of lawsuits across the country that seek to end discriminatory policies and laws that infringe on First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.


Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.

Friends of Michigan Libraries logo