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.

3,526 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Della Rose Perkins
    signed via 2022-12-03 13:27:58 -0600
  • Jacky Lee Morgan
    signed via 2022-12-03 13:22:10 -0600
  • Joann Trumps
    signed 2022-12-03 13:02:46 -0600
  • Victoria Keller
    signed via 2022-12-03 12:57:28 -0600
  • Craig Bardell
    signed 2022-12-03 12:49:32 -0600
  • Linda Lyon
    signed via 2022-12-03 12:30:13 -0600
  • Bonnie Wood
    signed via 2022-12-03 12:27:32 -0600
    The freedom to read is the lifeblood of any democracy. It needs to be fiercely safeguarded.
  • Elise Viola
    signed 2022-12-03 12:02:31 -0600
    I grew up young and bisexual in an environment very hostile towards me and all people like me. I often felt depressed, anxious, defeated, and alone and often found reprieve in this same St. Tammany Public Library system (most often at the Covington location). All kids and adults deserve representation in their own public library, regardless of what a personal individual (who is not qualified and was not hired as an employee of the library) thinks of the literature OR their very existence. LGBTQIA+ people do exist and we deserve to be seen and live our lives publicly just as much as everyone else. Just because you believe something doesn’t belong in your home doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring value to others in your community, or that others shouldn’t be allowed to read it (particularly the lower income part of our community that relies more heavily on these services). I believe book banning is fundamentally wrong and disagree with censorship in our public libraries.
  • Michael Adkins
    signed via 2022-12-03 12:01:33 -0600
    I was a resident of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes from 1956 to 1990. I an appalled by anything resembling censorship of libraries.
  • Crystal Bennett
    signed via 2022-12-03 11:50:01 -0600
  • Frank Savoy
    signed via 2022-12-03 11:28:24 -0600
  • Cynthia Brooking
    signed via 2022-12-03 11:21:01 -0600
  • Serena Ingraham
    signed 2022-12-03 10:51:47 -0600
  • Marcie Dacus
    signed 2022-12-03 10:51:22 -0600
  • Lucy Davenport
    signed via 2022-12-03 10:49:56 -0600
  • Gabe Morse
    signed via 2022-12-03 10:31:19 -0600
  • Amy Cuneo
    signed 2022-12-03 10:19:08 -0600
  • Justine Rydzeski
    signed via 2022-12-03 10:18:20 -0600
    Librarians are professionals and don’t need politically motivated residents second guessing them. Libraries are for ALL
  • William McHugh
    signed via 2022-12-03 09:57:15 -0600
  • Sandra Slifer
    signed via 2022-12-03 09:33:50 -0600
  • Shauntel Mazac
    signed via 2022-12-03 09:28:59 -0600
  • Mary Green
    signed 2022-12-03 08:12:39 -0600
  • Charlotte Klasson
    signed via 2022-12-03 08:11:56 -0600
  • Katy Shannon
    signed 2022-12-03 07:55:49 -0600
  • Jane Foster
    signed via 2022-12-03 07:47:34 -0600
  • Robin Hurston
    signed 2022-12-03 07:38:41 -0600
  • Benson Green
    signed 2022-12-03 07:01:52 -0600
  • William Hargrove
    signed 2022-12-03 06:20:06 -0600
  • Lela Walker- Jackson
    signed 2022-12-03 03:44:25 -0600
  • Jaime Porte
    signed 2022-12-03 01:10:36 -0600