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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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Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Banned Books Week 2022

Mark Your Calendars: The 2022 celebration of Banned Books Week will be September 18 – 24!

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Friday, July 29, 2022 12:00 AM

Participate in the MDHHS Library OTC COVID-19 Test Distribution Program

MDHHS has partnered with several libraries across the state of Michigan to provide free at-home COVID-19 test kits to Michiganders. Participating libraries receive tests monthly, or as needed, to distribute to their local community.

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