Next week, Idaho Democrats will mobilize across the state in a Day of Action to raise awareness and take a stand against the new library book bounty law, which is set to go into effect on July 1. This legislation allows anyone — even out-of-state residents — to challenge books in public libraries, school libraries, and private school libraries. The library must pay a mandatory $250 fine, and complainants can be awarded uncapped damages. Under this vague law, something as simple as same-sex hand-holding in a young adult novel could be ruled obscene in a lawsuit.

The Day of Action will include rallies outside of libraries across the state to call out the GOP legislators who voted for this bill and show our support for our local librarians by providing care packages.


WHAT: Statewide Day of Action in support of Idaho libraries and librarians


WHO: Idaho Democratic Party candidates, community leaders, educators, parents, and concerned citizens


WHEN: Monday, July 1

WHERE: Various locations across Idaho, including Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. Click here for a full list of events.

“The library book bounty, passed by Republican politicians, is a direct attack on our freedom to make decisions for ourselves and our families,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chair Lauren Necochea. “We are standing up to protect our libraries from the book banners, support our librarians, and ensure that our children have access to a broad range of books that reflect diverse perspectives.”