Protect the freedom to read in your communities from Harlem to Hollis

The New York Public Library is proud to be a partner The New York Public Library (NYPL) to encourage libraries, school groups and readers across the country to get involved in Books for All.

A national initiative that helps communities learn about and discuss some of the books that are banned or challenged, along with ways to take action.

If you’re here, you know that book bans are on the rise across the country.

2022 saw a record number of book challenges in public and school libraries.

Many of the titles we focus on are written for young people and feature LGBTQ+ and people of color voices. Now 2023 is well on its way to surpassing these alarming statistics.

That’s why The New York Public Library is rallying to oppose book bans.

In response to this unprecedented increase in censorship New York Public Library provides opportunities for teens across the country to exercise their freedom to read with a range of offerings:

Banned Book Club for Teens: The New York Public Library’s Teen Banned Book Club offers free nationwide digital access to titles for young adults that have been banned or challenged, along with virtual book club events featuring authors of recommended book club titles.

Read for free on SimplyE: NYPL’s free e-book reading app, SimplyE, provides instant access to the latest Teen Banned Book Club title. Readers anywhere in the U.S. can borrow a book for free from the “Books for All” library – no ID required. Every book club title is available to all readers aged 13 and over.

National Writing Competition for Teenagers: In an age of increasing book bans and censorship, the NYPL invited teens from across the United States to a national writing contest exploring the importance of the freedom to read and why it is a fundamental right. Entries are now closed, but watch out, the grand prize winning entry will be published in Teen Vogue in the spring of 2024!

NYC Council Meeting:

Get access to free book promotion tools and resources engage your community, including flyers, discussion guides and more.

Photo credit: Revolution Books, Harlem.

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