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SAN ANTONIO (May 12, 2022) — City Council adopted a resolution in support of the Freedom to Read, in response to efforts to censor library material. Councilmember Ana Sandoval has released the following remarks:
"When the City Council Community Health, Environment, and Culture Committee received an update from the Public Library, we requested they develop a resolution to support free access to information.
Under the First Amendment, all individuals are guaranteed the freedom to express their ideas. This resolution enshrines the City's commitment to ensuring individuals have the right to choose what they read and form their own opinions.
San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is a community wide resource whose mission is to enrich lives through the transformative power of information, imagination, and ideas. Efforts to restrict information and books with different perspectives undermine the diversity of thought and ideas that our libraries are known for.
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The resolution affirms City Council's support of the San Antonio Public Library's efforts 'to oppose those who may attempt to restrict the freedom to read through banning, removing, or other forms of restricting access to books and other library materials simply because the materials are inconsistent with their viewpoint.'"
"The Library Board of Trustees is firm in our commitment to the community to provide unrestricted access to a wide variety of library materials throughout the library system," said Paul Stahl, Chair of the SAPL Board of Trustees. "The Freedom to Read resolution passed by the City Council further affirms this commitment."
"The passage of this resolution by our City Council affirms rights of San Antonians to have unrestricted access to books and information," said Ramiro S. Salazar, SAPL Director. "This resolution signals the city's unwavering support of preserving access to information and the freedom to read for all. It also safeguards the long-standing policies and practices of the San Antonio Public Library that are designed to maintain a library collection reflective of the communities who benefit from it."
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