Yesterday, the Davis County, Utah, Public School system announced that it would be re-instating the book "In Our Mothers' House" to school library shelves. While a final settlement of the case brought by the ACLU of Utah has not been reached, it is a most welcome development!
Here is the Freedom to Read Foundation's official statement on the reinstatement and our role in the case:
The Freedom to Read Foundation
(FTRF) welcomes the news that author Patricia Polacco’s "In Our Mothers’ House”
is back on the shelves of the Davis County Public School system libraries
without restrictions. As the only organization whose main purpose is
to defend the freedom to access information in libraries, FTRF sees incidents
such as this one – in which access to information is blocked due to viewpoints
expressed therein – as particularly troublesome.
While not directly involved in
this suit, FTRF provided ACLU attorneys with expert advice and resources as
they worked to develop the case. FTRF appreciates the work of the ACLU of
Utah and the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project on the case
and we send particular thanks to the plaintiff who made the difficult decision
to stand up for reading, the open exchange of ideas, and the First
Amendment. We strongly encourage the Davis County School Board to
continue to make "In Our Mothers’ House” and similar works freely
available to the students of the Davis County Schools.
The Freedom to Read Foundation is
a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the
American Library Association. For more on FTRF’s work on opposing efforts to
restrict access to library materials, visit www.ftrf.org.