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?

  • Elaine DeSmith
    signed 2023-07-19 12:53:02 -0500
  • Evette Randolph
    signed 2023-07-13 15:41:48 -0500
  • Jamie Foster
    signed 2023-07-12 08:22:47 -0500
    Banning books has never improved a community.
  • Kathleen Clark
    signed 2023-07-12 07:31:59 -0500
    I support our Libraries
  • Alyisen Gisleson
    signed 2023-07-11 07:10:16 -0500
  • Daisy Daigle
    signed 2023-07-11 05:19:50 -0500
  • Robert Brennan
    signed 2023-07-11 00:12:30 -0500
    Jeff Landry and other extremist right-wing Republicans will continue to demonize and marginalize St. Tammany’s LGBTQ citizens unless and until voters wake up and realize Landry and his cronies are stirring up unwarranted fear to distract voters. These extremists need to focus on the REAL economic and other problems that threaten St. Tammany’s quality of life.
  • Mark Broussard
    signed 2023-07-07 19:24:08 -0500
  • joshua loyd jr.
    signed 2023-07-07 07:46:09 -0500
  • Mary Elizabeth Hendon
    signed 2023-07-06 17:14:59 -0500
  • Frances McGinnis
    signed 2023-07-06 11:05:58 -0500
    I will post a yard sign.
  • Josh Roberts
    signed 2023-07-02 22:39:45 -0500
  • Jennifer Bass
    signed 2023-07-02 20:09:08 -0500
    I would like a sign please.
  • Shirley Thomason
    signed via 2023-06-26 18:02:32 -0500
  • Allison Mondello
    signed 2023-06-25 09:38:35 -0500
  • Tanya McCormick
    signed 2023-06-24 21:48:02 -0500
  • Reese Kirby
    signed 2023-06-24 20:19:52 -0500
  • Lucy Loop
    signed 2023-06-22 19:40:59 -0500
  • Ann Boushie
    signed 2023-06-21 13:21:05 -0500
  • Lauren Giambelluca
    signed 2023-06-20 21:47:19 -0500
  • Bridget Glassman
    signed via 2023-06-20 16:38:16 -0500
  • Aidan Primeaux
    signed 2023-06-19 13:48:06 -0500
  • Tyler Kearney
    signed 2023-06-17 14:32:44 -0500
    Save the libraries
  • Stacey Kraus
    signed 2023-06-17 11:58:18 -0500
  • Tina Scott
    signed 2023-06-16 12:50:04 -0500
  • David Kunian
    signed 2023-06-15 17:05:56 -0500
    Librarians are heroes and heroines and whatever the non-binary term might be! They should be complimented and paid like venture capitalists. it is asinine to let some narrow-minded bigots and history deniers decide what someone else’s kid should read or see.
  • Bethany Tannehill
    signed 2023-06-15 09:58:32 -0500
    If you don’t like the book. Don’t check out the book. Simple as that. Stop trying to ruin everything for other people just because you don’t like certain books. Don’t want your children reading it, look at the book before them and decided. If not put it back and move on. Libraries are for everyone.
  • Tonya Platt
    signed 2023-06-15 09:54:44 -0500
  • Casey Aupied
    signed 2023-06-15 09:04:29 -0500
  • Denise Abadie-Smith
    signed 2023-06-10 15:17:22 -0500