Petition to Support our Libraries and Stand Against Censorship

Libraries in Parishes across the state are being targeted for censorship by political special interest groups and we need your help to stop them here in St Tammany. 


St Tammany Parish is a welcoming community to all and we stand firmly against banning books.  As such we endorse the following statements:

  • We believe that all people in our Parish deserve to see themselves reflected in our library’s collection.
  • We know a large majority of Americans (75%) across the political spectrum oppose book bans.
  • We stand in opposition to special interest groups seeking to limit access or remove books from our libraries. These groups include the St Tammany Parish Library Accountability Project, Citizens for a New Louisiana, and AG Landry. 
  • We believe parents should decide for themselves what their children read and that individuals and groups from our community should not dictate what other parents let their children read or what books are available in our library. 
  • Limiting access to or banning books from public libraries is a slippery slope to government censorship and a violation of our first amendment rights.
  • We hold our library director and our librarians in high regard and trust them to do their jobs.

We are united against book bans and we ask that our Parish President and Council pledge to act to protect the rights of members of our community to access a variety of books, magazines and other media through our public libraries.

Information about what brought this petition about can be found here.

3,541 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kathleen Wilkin
    signed 2023-09-07 11:18:17 -0500
  • Carol Richards
    signed 2023-09-06 14:24:37 -0500
    I don’t want some narrow-minded people limiting what is available in our public libraries. People should be able to roam in libraries to discover new books and new ideas. This is called LEARNING.
  • Sarah Gramelspacher
    signed 2023-09-05 13:05:47 -0500
  • Lisa Knickerbocker
    signed 2023-09-04 10:53:26 -0500
    This whole idea of censoring books in libraries is absurd.

    Take some personal responsibility and censor your own children in your own home.

    If you read more you might see the world as it truly is, not just how you want it to be.

    Censor yourself please.
  • michelle salzer
    signed 2023-09-04 07:55:55 -0500
  • Ken Salzer
    signed 2023-09-03 14:36:57 -0500
  • Joelle Hoffman
    signed 2023-09-03 09:44:35 -0500
    The people of Covington should be concerned with our public school system and with our children and their success. Wasting time and money on personal, ridiculous beliefs is a true reflection of what is wrong with our country. Shame on you St. Tammany for taking the hate bait.
  • Karen Douglas
    signed 2023-08-31 15:42:32 -0500
  • Christoph Larson
    signed 2023-08-31 11:22:55 -0500
  • Keith Villere
    signed 2023-08-31 10:04:08 -0500
  • Jean Breed
    signed 2023-08-31 08:32:13 -0500
  • Haley Acquistapace
    signed 2023-08-31 00:27:33 -0500
  • Sean Young
    signed 2023-08-30 19:24:14 -0500
  • Karley Bowers
    signed 2023-08-30 19:09:36 -0500
  • Heidi Weishaupt
    signed 2023-08-30 14:49:24 -0500
  • Rebecca Breaud Breaud
    signed 2023-08-28 17:31:47 -0500
  • Hilda Theriot
    signed 2023-08-28 17:17:20 -0500
    Americans should be free to decide what books their children read! Do not want or need book bans.

    Nor do we need the attorney General of our state to tell us how to raise our kids!
  • Patricia Parr
    signed 2023-08-28 11:05:02 -0500
    We love our Libraries just as they are! The Librarians are amazing, the selection of books and videos inclusive of all interests and meet all of our wants and needs! No one person or group has the right to limit what is available! Don’t tread on us!

    Ban Hate NOT Books!!

    Patricia Parr
  • Jeri Creson
    signed 2023-08-27 21:42:24 -0500
  • Kayla Martinez
    signed 2023-08-27 15:58:14 -0500
  • Emily Mire
    signed 2023-08-26 16:08:27 -0500
    I lived in st. Tammany for many years. FUCK YOU BIG BROTHER STOP BANNING BOOKS
  • Caroline Fallon
    signed 2023-08-26 15:34:25 -0500
    Here to support you however possible.
  • Erica Eisenhardt
    signed 2023-08-26 14:57:12 -0500
  • Rob Tepper
    signed via 2023-08-26 13:05:35 -0500
  • Tracey Angerdina
    signed 2023-08-26 09:24:05 -0500
  • Susan Mack
    signed 2023-08-25 18:23:54 -0500
  • Elizabeth Oprea
    signed 2023-08-25 16:32:07 -0500
  • Joann Guess
    signed 2023-08-25 16:00:33 -0500
  • Babs and Tom Kearney
    signed 2023-08-25 13:55:23 -0500
    We support our libraries and librarians 100%. No one has the right to restrict books based on personal opinions. This is the responsibility of parents not politicians to make decisions. It is time for the majority to speak out for our librarians.
  • MaryAnne Barousse
    signed via 2023-08-25 13:32:02 -0500