The Autauga-Prattville Public Library board is facing lawsuit over its book policy

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) – A lawsuit has been filed against the management of the Autauga-Prattville Public Library after advocacy groups say they are enacting policies restricting certain books in the library.

The lawsuit follows a year-long controversy over children’s books that allegedly contain “sexually explicit content” in library circulation.

“We have had a full year of attacks on libraries, public librarians and library workers,” said Jessica Hayes, outreach coordinator for the Alabama Library Association.

Hayes and Angie Hayden, spokeswoman for Read Freely Alabama, are part of the party bringing the legal action.

Court documents show that the library’s current board has adopted policies that place restrictions on library materials, including children’s books that contain material about sexual relations, sexual orientation, gender identity and “gender non-conformity.”

“Now kids in Prattville, even high school students, technically won’t have access to classics like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’” Hayden said.

WSFA 12 News reached out to library management. They did not respond to comment on this matter.

The case will be heard by a federal judge in the Middle District of Alabama.

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