The MLA Office will be closed on Monday, October 9th, 2023 in observation of Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The Maryland Library Association is a staunch supporter of intellectual freedom. We strongly oppose any attempts to limit access to ideas and information. The Maryland Library Association believes school librarians provide effective leadership in collection development, curriculum development, and information literacy instruction.
The Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) has learned that a small group of parents has called for the removal of over 50 books from school library shelves in Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) and that the administration has complied. Without going through the reconsideration policy, school librarians were ordered to remove the titles, box them up, and put them out of sight. This administrative decision undermines best practices set forth by the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. While removal of books is not in direct violation of the Carroll County policy and procedure, it does censor and limit the ability of students to have access to these titles. MASL strongly opposes any narrowly focused efforts to remove books from the school library shelves and asks you to support the First Amendment right to read that is afforded to students within their school libraries.