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Coalition of Maryland Libraries Candidate Questionnaire - Brook Lierman, Maryland Comptroller Candidate

The Coalition of Maryland Libraries, a community of libraries, focused on issues of the highest priority for Maryland's public, school, academic, law and special libraries, sent the following questionnaire to all candidates for statewide office. Below are the responses from Comptroller candidate Brooke Lierman.
 
 
The Coalition of Maryland Libraries, a community of libraries, focused on issues of the highest priority for Maryland's public, school, academic, law and special libraries, sent the following questionnaire to all candidates for statewide office. Below are the responses from Comptroller candidate Brooke Lierman.

Brooke Lierman – Candidate for Maryland Comptroller

1. Book challenges and calls to remove titles from libraries of every kind have seen a sharp rise, both locally and nationally. In what ways would you support the Freedom to Read for K- 12 students and all users of Maryland's libraries?

Libraries provide a critical service to Marylanders by increasing access to books, the internet, and by providing workforce development skills training - just to name a few! They foster a sense of community and give children and adults the tools they need to thrive as students and families. When individuals have access to a wide array of reading materials, they are able to learn about different perspectives and subjects and broaden their horizons.

I absolutely support the right of libraries to acquire and make available a full range of materials. The First Amendment, not unfounded calls to remove titles from libraries, is what must be protected and upheld.

As Comptroller, I will support efforts by the Maryland State Library Agency (MSLA), the Administration, and the Maryland General Assembly on policies that further the Freedom to Read for K-12 students and all users of Maryland's libraries.

Read all of candidate Lierman's responses HERE.

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