- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Association for Library Service to Children has canceled a meeting scheduled for September in Charlotte because of North Carolina’s new law on LGBT rights.

In a statement posted on the American Library Association website Tuesday, the ALSC said the board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel the national institute scheduled for September. ALSC is a division of the association.

The statement said the law contradicts the core values, purpose and diversity work of ALSC and undermines civil rights and the fundamental principles upon which libraries are founded.

Officials said those registered for the ALSC National Institute will receive a full refund of registration fees without penalty. They also said ALSC is working on online offerings and a face-to-face format to replace the Charlotte event.

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