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A fresh book is what students crave. Librarians are unable to purchase them due to limitations.

In one Texas school district, librarians have ordered 6,000 fewer books this year than the year before. In Pennsylvania, a librarian has bought just 100 books this school year, compared with her typical 600. At least 10 states have passed laws giving parents more power over which books appear in libraries. Certain kinds of texts, such as those focused on issues of gender and sexuality, are banned. Some praise the more stringent book-purchasing guidelines. Others welcome the extra pairs of eyes to ensure “pristine” school libraries.