Support Banned Books Week

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Target: American Library Association

Goal: Support the dispersal and reading of banned literature

While many are aware of the harms of censorship, relatively few people are aware of the staggering number of books that are still banned in schools in the United States and around the world. Banned Books Week, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, attempts to draw national attention to harms of censorship and encourages children and adults alike to read books from the “frequently challenged book list” that includes such literature as The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Rings, and Brave New World.

Banned Books Week brings together a wide range of people, from authors, to librarians, to students in order to celebrate all forms of literature. Most books that are focused on during this week consist of works that have been banned or challenged by school libraries. While the bans are still in place in many districts, active students, teachers, librarians, and community members come together to ensure the literature is still available for students, supporting the idea that everyone has a right to read.

In the wake of events in Tucson, Arizona where a plethora of literature was banned regarding Mexican American relations, this year’s Banned Books Week holds extra importance. Despite America’s strong democracy, many in the country are still fighting for their first amendment rights to free speech alongside others around the world. Sign this petition and tell the American Library to continue to support the freedom to read through Banned Book Week.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear American Library Association,

It is amazing that many school districts around American continue to ban and challenge books, especially works of literature that have had such an impact on so many of us throughout our lives. With the recent banning of ethnic literature in Arizona, this year’s Banned Books Week holds a special weight. Thanks to upstanding community members, teachers, and librarians, most students still have access to these banned books, and will be able to participate in the week’s reading.

Despite the great American democracy, many people in this country are actively having to protect their first amendment right to free speech and the right to read. We thank you for your efforts to reintroduce children and adults alike to literature that has been challenged by communities, and we will continue to support Banned Books Week for as long as literature is still being banned.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Oak Park Public Library via Flickr

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