Statement on Book Challenges in Iowa

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature affirms the right of educators and librarians to make materials available to students, and the right of those students to access materials that share differing perspectives, experiences and ways of life. It also is important for students to see themselves represented, to know that no matter their circumstances, they are not alone. Doing so will make our state a more open, tolerant, and accepting place. We urge lawmakers to reject any attempts to limit this access, and urge their constituents to stand with us in this effort. This aligns with our organization’s mission to build and support diverse communities of writers and audiences through the transformative power of story. Stories that show the world from diverse points of view can help to build empathy that allows us to better understand and celebrate others.

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