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“We currently do not have plans to remove any from district property.”

West Des Moines, Iowa, school district spokesperson Laine Buck, regarding the district’s decision to add disclaimer signs, but not remove any Little Free Libraries on school grounds. At least two suburban school districts have placed disclaimers on the free-standing outdoor displays where people are encouraged to share books in response to a new state law that bans books that describe sex acts from libraries and classrooms. Webster Elementary school in the Urbandale school district’s disclaimer on the “little libraries” states that they are not funded, sponsored, endorsed or maintained by the district and are not “in any way part of the Urbandale Schools library program.” (Associated Press — Sept. 29, 2023)

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