Hello and happy Sunday everyone!
Today is the start of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week 2022, and as someone who is passionate about the topic of banned books, I’m going to be posting blogs every day this week about various banned books that I have read or picked up recently.
Also, as you may have heard, book banning is an even more pressing issue now than it has been in the past few years. I think it’s even more important now than ever to keep this discussion going and to highlight Banned Books Week, as more school teachers and librarians are facing the pressure of book challenges. According to the American Library Association (ALA),
“ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.”American Library Association
Below are more stats on book banning, including where they most commonly occur and who typically initiates them:
Back in my spring semester of NYU, the club I was a part of, the Online Writing and Languages Society (OWLS), had an event with Renee Di Pilato, who is director of libraries for Sarasota County Government. She discussed the impact book banning, as well as ways to support your local libraries and schools during this rise in books banning. More information on the event, along with additional resources, are available in the event recap post I wrote following the Q&A.
I found this interesting article from Publisher’s Weekly that discusses what various indie bookstores and organizations are doing for this year’s Banned Books Week
Here are additional resources from the ALA you can check out as well:
If you have any additional resources you would like to share about banned and challenged books, feel free to share them in the comments below!
On that note, I will see you tomorrow with a new post for Banned Books Week!