Library Group Fights Back Against Efforts to Ban Books
The American Library Association is fighting back
Last week, the American Library Association kicked off National Library Week bringing attention to an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books in every state, the highest since the group began monitoring lists 20 years ago.
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. The most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons, ALA stated in a press release.
ALA points to an organized campaign conducted by several advocacy groups that is aimed at schools and public libraries to remove books they disagree with for a variety of reasons, including moral, political and social.
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