School and public libraries across the U.S. are currently experiencing an unprecedented increase in book censorship attempts. And many of the books being challenged and removed focus on LGBTQIA+ issues; document the Black and BIPOC experience; or are written by Black authors.
As Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom told NBC News on November 12, “I've worked at ALA for two decades now, and I've never seen this volume of challenges come in. The impact will fall to those students who desperately want and need books...READ MORE
Banned Books Week, (September 26 – October 2) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! Libraries and schools create incredible displays, programs, and materials to raise awareness about the right to read.
With your support, we can continue to draw attention to censorship attempts and highlight the benefits of unrestricted reading.
Below are four actions that you can take to support Banned Books Week!
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This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Check out the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s infographics,...READ MORE
We are so excited that Marley Dias, the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, is promoting the value of library cards this month. She’s such an impressive young person, and she is a passionate advocate for diverse books and lifelong reading. In other words, we are totally fangirling over here. Here are six things you should know about the American Library Associations Library Card Sign-Up Month’s Honorary Chair:
1. She launched #1000BlackGirlBooks when she was just 10 years old.
As a student, Marley noticed...READ MORE
It’s back-to-school season, and if your students are coming home with books in their backpacks that channel their interests and enthusiasm into learning and literacy, there’s likely a school librarian to thank. There’s no better time to stop and celebrate school libraries and librarians. Here are just five reasons they’re the heroes we need now more than ever.
Information literate students are better prepared for college, career, and life
Post-secondary institutions, employers, and civic life demand the ability to find, evaluate, use, and create information in multiple formats. School librarians prepare students for their next life stages by teaching information, digital, and media literacies, as well as digital...READ MORE