How can we protect everyone’s freedom to read?
EXERCISE your freedom to read. Check books out from the library. Read banned books and see what you think about them.
EDUCATE yourself. Learn what it means to challenge and ban a book, where and how it’s occurring, and who is harmed when it happens.
SUPPORT efforts in your community to provide free access to books, including at Ohrstrom Library, at your public library, and through the Prismatic Program at Concord’s local bookstore, which provides youth with free LGBTQIA+ books.
SPEAK UP. Write letters to your legislators and schools about the freedom to read. Write a letter to the editor for your local paper.
“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”
– Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower