A special note from Collins Library – Banned Books Week – Books Unite Us – Censorship Divides Us


Banned Books Week – Books Unite Us – Censorship Divides Us

This week libraries all over our country celebrate the freedom to read.  In a release from the American Library Association earlier this month 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources were documented through the first eight months of 2022.  On September 16, the New York Times published an article on this topic citing conservative politicians who are targeting school and public libraries.

All of us at Collins Library support the freedom to read and invite you to read a banned book!

Some of our favorite staff picks include:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole

What can you do?  Join the effort to unite against Book Bans.  Learn more about this movement by visiting this link:  https://uniteagainstbookbans.org/  The toolkit provides a number of talking points to address book bans and these can be very effective, especially if you are facing a book ban in a public school.  In addition, there are sample letters, yard signs and a list of partner organizations.

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