The Realities of a Book Challenge

In 2022, Gavin Downing faced a book challenge led by his own school principal. In this session, he will talk about his experiences, what worked, what didn't work, what he wished had happened, and more.


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About Gavin Downing

Gavin Downing is a high school librarian and the 2022 recipient of the Candace P. Morgan Intellectual Freedom Award. In 2022, he faced a book challenge led from his own principal, along with six months of an increasingly hostile working environment. The book challenge was defeated, and he transferred to a different school. Today, he serves as the chair for Washington Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Section.