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What books would make great holiday gifts this year?

The Spark's annual "books to give as gifts" program
By Scott LaMar/WITF

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Pennsylvania Freedom Caucus calls for libraries to leave the American Library Association

Republican politicians object to the nonprofit's new president, who has said she's a Marxist.
By Ben Wasserstein/WITF

Pennsylvania schools are removing books from libraries. Here’s what the Supreme Court has said about book bans

How much authority do school boards have to remove books, and at what point could a removal violate students’ First Amendment rights? Here is what legal scholars and school librarians have to say.

By Gabriela Martínez/WITF

Cumberland County author living with Parkinson’s starts podcast after losing his ability to write

On The Spark Thursday, we were joined by Terry Walters, a Cumberland county author living with Parkinson’s disease, who discussed his story and career. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about twelve years ago, he nearly lost his ability to write but found another way to be creative through his new podcast, Alex and Terry’s Boomer MusicCast.

By Aniya Faulcon

Lancaster author shares her experience with OCD and new children’s picture books that address complex emotions

Jessica Whipple, Lancaster poet and author of Enough Is and I Think I Think a Lot joined us on The Spark Tuesday to discuss her books, poetry, and connection to her work.

By Aniya Faulcon

Librarian says he was told to remove Holocaust survivor’s quote for violating Central Bucks’ ‘advocacy’ policy

The quote is from Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

By Emily Rizzo/WHYY

Who are Quakers and what do they believe? Quaker Activist, George Lakey, gives answers and discusses his new book

On The Spark Monday we dove beneath the surface and learned more about Quakerism and George Lakey, a Quaker activist who fights for peace, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, labor, justice, and the environment.

By Aniya Faulcon