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Learn about the recent spike in book bans in the United States and what you can do to fight censorship.

books banned in Texas in 2021

Book Challenges Continue

Book challenges and book banning are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from New York, Ohio, […]

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Take Action and Unite Against Book Bans

On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) launched Unite Against Book Bans, a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. Why? Because book bans harm communities. Students cannot access critical information to help them understand themselves and the world around them. Parents lose the opportunity to engage in

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A Snapshot of America’s Libraries in 2021

On April 4, the American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two, a snapshot of the library community’s resilience, determination, and innovation in unprecedented circumstances. The report, which comes out annually during National Library Week, highlights how US libraries navigated the second year of the pandemic, an upswing

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Top 10 Challenged Books of 2021

The Top 10 Challenged and Banned Books of 2021

Libraries stand up for everyone’s right to read, even materials that might be considered controversial. This week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)—which tracks censorship attempts in libraries and schools—announced their list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2021. Last year, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to

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Anti-censorship protestors in Wisconsin in 2009

What It Feels Like to Be a Librarian During an Attempt to Ban Books

This is a guest post by Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  We often hear about book bans from the perspective of the banners, but these events affect whole communities, particularly library professionals on the receiving end of accusations and threats. I know because it happened to me

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The word "Banned" is transnsposed over open books.

US Book Challenges Update

Book challenges and book banning are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Idaho and North

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A sign reading "Banned, Banned, Banned" sits in front of library shelves.

This Week in Book Censorship News

Book challenges and book banning are increasing in libraries and schools throughout the United States. To help spread the word about these activities and efforts to combat them by librarians, parents, students, politicians, and concerned citizens, I Love Libraries will highlight several stories each week on the current crisis. This roundup includes news from Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire,

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