Pelayo-Lozada says that despite the high challenge numbers, a library association poll shows a large majority of Americans don’t believe in banning books.
The ALA points out that their recent surveys show that a majority of voters — on both sides of the aisle — oppose efforts to have books removed from their local public libraries.
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished children’s picture book. Goade, who is Tlingit, is the first Indigenous person to win the award.
While fines from overdue items are a revenue source, the Anchorage library system found that it cost more time and effort to collect the fines than they were ultimately worth.