Preliminary data released by the American Library Association show that attempts to censor library materials in 2022 are on pace to exceed attempts in 2021. Librarians and library staff worldwide fight for your right to read, watch, or listen to what you want to.
According to ALA President Lessa Kanini'opua Pelayo-Lozada:
"Librarians develop collections and resources that make knowledge and ideas widely available, so people and families are free to choose what to read. Though it’s natural that we want to protect young people from some of life’s more difficult realities, the truth is that banning books does nothing to protect them from dealing with tough issues. Instead, it denies young people resources that can help them deal with the challenges that confront them."
With book challenges on the rise, many book-loving podcasts are examining the trend.
- Libro.fm, a website that sells audiobooks and shares its profits with independent bookstores, has a conversation on banned books with an author, a bookstore owner, and a high school librarian
- Nora Pelizzari of the A Kids Book About... series talks about the importance of inclusivity in our libraries
- Stuff You Should Know covers how book banning works
- The Brooklyn Public Library covers book banning in libraries
- Hoopla offers up a collection of challenged e-books, comic books and audiobooks
- Our librarians have created a series of lists about banned and challenged books