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Book banning; Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference; protecting against hacking; WeaveTales

Banned books are visible at the Central Library, a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system, in New York City on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The books are banned in several public schools and libraries in the U.S., but young people can read digital versions from anywhere through the library. The Brooklyn Public Library offers free membership to anyone in the U.S. aged 13 to 21 who wants to check out and read books digitally in response to the nationwide wave of book censorship and restrictions. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
Ted Shaffrey
Banned books are visible at the Central Library, a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system, in New York City on July 7, 2022.

There have been hundreds of incidents of Florida public schools banning books in the past year, according to a report from PEN America, an advocacy group for writing professionals.

The group warned in April that more books could be banned in Florida districts now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that makes it easier for parents to challenge books and instructional materials they do not approve.

On Thursday, there will be a special meeting of the St. Johns County School Board.


Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference

This weekend marks the inaugural Jacksonville Civil Rights Conference, billed as an event designed to educate, instruct and reacquaint participants on Civil Rights movements in order to provide the inspiration and tools to make Jacksonville a more equitable community.


Protecting against hacking

If you are on social media, chances are you or someone you know has had their account hacked lately.

A new whistleblower report says Twitter executives deceived federal regulators and the company’s own board of directors about “extreme, egregious deficiencies” in its defenses against hackers, as well as its meager efforts to fight spam.

Guest: Ray Hollister, digital director, WJCT.


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is partnering with WeaveTales, a global organization based in Jacksonville whose aim is to break the negative perceptions and existing narratives surrounding refugees.


  • Dima Korma, youth and family programs manager, Cummer Museum.
  • Tina Pham, WeaveTales participant.
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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.