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North Idaho group advocates for public library services

Abhi Sharma

Last November, a group formed to support the Community Library Network – a system of seven libraries and a bookmobile that serves parts of Kootenai and Shoshone counties in Idaho.

The group, called the Community Library Network Alliance, now numbers about 250 people. One the alliance’s co-founders, Emily Christopherson, says she’s worried about groups motivated by misinformation that want materials they don’t like to be moved or removed from shelves – most recently at a February 16 library board meeting in Post Falls, during which library opponents became so unruly that police were called to help maintain order.

Emily Christopherson spoke with Spokane Public Radio’s Brandon Hollingsworth.

Brandon Hollingsworth is your All Things Considered host. He has served public radio audiences for fifteen years, primarily in reporting, hosting and interviewing. His previous ports-of-call were WUOT-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Alabama Public Radio. His work has been heard nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here and Now and NPR’s top-of-the-hour newscasts.