Nampa ban sparks a book giveaway

About 100 people showed up at a Nampa bookstore Wednesday, for a giveaway of books recently banned by Nampa schools.

Rediscovered Books handed out more than 1,000 copies of the banned titles, James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio reported Thursday.

The giveaway came nearly a month after Nampa trustees permanently banned 22 books from school libraries. The list of the banned books includes “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood; “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky; “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safran Foer; and “It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health,” by Robie H. Harris.

At a meeting this week, trustees said they hope to come up with a new policy on removing books by the end of the summer. The bans on the 22 titles remain in effect.

Trustees who supported the bans complained that the books contain pornographic material. On Wednesday, Rediscovered Books co-owner Laura Delaney said the books contain graphic content on topics from everyday life.

“This is about seeing the richness and complexity of humanity and who are we but the ones to educate our students – especially those in high school – how to navigate our world and understand it to the best of our ability,” DeLaney told Dawson.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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