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Baker and Taylor Agree to Reimburse Ohio Libraries

In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General's Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants W.R. Grace remain pending, Baker & Taylor entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General's Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to the libraries, schools and universities involved in the action, with which books may be purchased. Credits are available for redemption now, but please note that all credits must be used by May 1, 2022.
The Attorney General's Office has attempted to contact all participating entities with details of the settlement and the credit amounts available to each. If your organization participated in this litigation, but you have not received notification of the settlement, or if you simply have questions about how to use your Baker & Taylor credits, please contact Scott Blake, Paul Blaskis, or Jennifer Pratt at the Ohio Attorney General's Office at (614) 466-4328 or [email protected].

Censorship Exhibit

The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship has published a new edition of the exhibit, Censorship in Schools and Libraries . The exhibit presents 28 illustrations, each one approximately 11" x 14" with accompanying text that is 11" x 14." The history of censorship in public schools and libraries highlights incidents of censorship that have occurred in the United States during the last one hundred years. Included are descriptions of the censorship of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, In the Kitchen, The Catcher in the Rye, and the novels of Judy Blume and Robert Cormier. The S.S. Supreme Court and lower court decisions are an integral part of the exhibit.

The 2022 edition includes efforts to censor the popular Harry Potter children?s books (In late December, 2001, Harry Potter books were burned in Alamagordo, New Mexico), and the installation of filtering software in al the computers in the Loudon County, Virginia Public Library. IN addition to new cases, there is an update of censorship incidents in libraries and schools that occurred throughout the 1990s. Since its original publication, 750 copies of the exhibit have been ordered. Quality copies of the exhibit have been reproduced which may be readily presented in the library on poster boards and retained as a reference source. If you are interested in receiving a copy, the cost, including mailing, is $35 postpaid. Send an email order to [email protected] or a purchase order or letter to LICAC, PO Box 296, Pt. Washington, N.Y. 11050.

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