According to a new report published by PEN America, the “2022-23 school year has been marked to date by an escalation of book bans and censorship in classrooms and school libraries across the United States.” PEN America has tracked “1,477 instances of individual books banned, affecting 874 unique titles,” during the first half of this academic year. That marks an increase of 28 percent compared to the prior six months, January – June 2022.” The book bannings are taking place in conservative-leaning states (mainly, Texas, Florida, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina), and overwhelmingly, they’re targeting “stories by and about people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.”
Fortunately, American public libraries are pushing back. As mentioned last summer, the Brooklyn Public Library launched Books Unbanned. This initiative provides American students, no matter where they live in the U.S., free access to 500,000 digital books, including books banned by students’ local libraries. And now the Seattle Public Library has joined the effort, rolling out its own version of Books Unbanned. “We believe in your right to read what you want, discover yourself and form your own opinions,” writes the library. “Teens and young adults ages 13 to 26 living anywhere in the U.S. can access our entire collection of e-books and audiobooks.” To get started, students can fill out the form at the bottom of this page (click here), and then explore these curated lists of banned non-fiction books and banned fiction books.
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The Brooklyn Public Library Gives Every Teenager in the U.S. Free Access to Books Getting Censored by American Schools
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The 850 Books a Texas Lawmaker Wants to Ban Because They Could Make Students Feel Uncomfortable
NO BOOKS ARE BEING BANNED IN SCHOOLS. THEYRE JUST NOT BEING TAUGHT IN SCHOOL
CURRICULUMS, AND YES, SOME BOOKS MIGHT NOT BE IN SCHOOL LIBRARIES. IN CERTAIN CONSERVATE STATES CERTAIN BOOKS ARE BEING CHALLENGED BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE BOOK. SOME BOOKS THAT ARE BEING CHALLENGED INVOLVE INSTRUCTIONS ON GIVING GAY BL*WJOBS AND HOW TO HAVE AN*L SEX, WHICH, LETS BE HONEST, SHOULD NOT BE TAUGHT TO CHILDREN. ANY BOOK CAN LITERALLY BE BOUGHT OR CHECKED OUT ANYWHERE.
This is great! Thank you for sharing.
Some useful bgackground info here which seems more reliable than your assertion, https://news.northeastern.edu/2022/03/22/banned-books/ Mind you if Americans [ut as much energy into gum control they might be in a better place.