Nampa Banned Books Fan Club Read-In

About 30 people gathered on Monday evening at the beginning of a read-in organized by the Nampa Banned Books Fan Club, which took place on the lawn of the school district headquarters. The event was in response to more than 20 books marked for removal from the district’s library shelves last month.

NAMPA — Before Michelle Tanberg retired from teaching in the Nampa School District, she decided to “go out with a bang” — joining a committee to review challenged books in the district.

For 17 years, Tanberg taught English in the Nampa teen parents program, and most recently at the Nampa Online Virtual Academy, or NOVA, she said. In the teen program, most students would have “one degree of separation or less with all the problems that are mentioned in these scary, scary, dirty banned books,” Tanberg said, referring to concerns that have been raised about the more than 20 books marked for removal from the district’s library shelves last month.

Erin Banks Rusby is a reporter with the Idaho Press. She covers Canyon County, including agriculture, education, and government.

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