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Most of the books in the nation\'s public school libraries predate the 1969 moon landing, the end of the Vietnam War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, according to critics who say schools need help in offering students newer, relevant works.
And more importantly, says one lawmaker seeking federal funding, the outdated books often don\'t reflect the
diversity of today\'s schoolrooms.
\"Students continually encounter books from a period when authors viewed the world from only a white perspective,\" said Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat who argues that Congress can and should help school libraries update their materials.