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For all the stories, debate and discussion over sexually explicit, inappropriate materials in school libraries, little to nothing was done about it in the Iowa legislature in 2022. But there is one thing that could be done to at least help parents monitor what is happening.

There should be a website that is accessible to anyone who wants to search for books by title, author, subject, etc. And a list of schools with that book should pop up on the next page.

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This wouldn’t be that difficult and would go a long way in providing some transparency to parents.

There is already a similar website for public libraries, and their list includes college libraries as well as a slim number of school libraries.

For a year parents have discovered a number of books in Iowa school libraries that shouldn’t be there. And they certainly should not be accessible to Iowa kids.

Most schools have an online catalog, but it’s only for that school — not even an entire district.

Making it easier to find which schools contain these materials would go a long way in providing parents with necessary information.

Let’s hope someone — the Department of Education, the Governor’s office or the Iowa legislature — makes this become a reality.

Author: Jacob Hall

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