The Banned Books Week Coalition is delighted to host some amazing creators during Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 2, including a warm-up even with comics superstar Gene Luen Yang, Facebook Live events with the creators of the banned children’s books Something Happened in Our Town and One of a Kind Like Me and Banned Books Week Honorary Chair Jason Reynolds, and Twitter chats with Laurie Halse Anderson and Alex Gino!
This upcoming #BannedBooksWeek is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. Full press release: https://bit.ly/3CbsZaN
At a time when LGBTQIA+ books and books that focus on racism and racial justice are challenged for removal from library and school bookshelves, this year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” and it underscores how books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers.
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community, including librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, supporting the freedom to seek out, read and express ideas, even ideas that contain uncomfortable truths.
“As we promote the value of a library card this month (and throughout the year), we do so with the conviction that access to libraries opens worlds of opportunities.” A Seat for All from ALA President Patty Wong
“Rhonda Evans rose from ALA Emerging Leader to Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in just one year – and shows no signs of slowing down. She brings expertise, energy, and encouragement to her new IFRT leadership role, and invites all library workers to get involved in intellectual freedom issues.” Intellectual Freedom Blog
The American Library Association is committed to upholding our core values, which include equitable access to knowledge, social justice, and intellectual freedom. As members of a profession committed to free and equitable access to information and the pursuit of truth, we stand firm in opposing any effort to suppress knowledge, to label “controversial” views, or dictate what is orthodox in history, politics, or belief.
Register for the inaugural ALA Virtual Volunteer Fair on September 14, 2021; The fair will be an opportunity for ALA Members to drop in and speak with committee members and staff liaisons from various ALA groups that offer volunteer opportunities, including ALA Association committees, Divisions, and Round Tables. This is an opportunity for members to ask more specific questions about a committee or group’s work, time commitment, typical schedule, how to volunteer, etc!
The Intellectual Freedom Blog is seeking bloggers for a one-year commitment. The blog’s purpose is to educate and encourage discussions about intellectual freedom principles, and promote the value of libraries, librarians, and professional membership in the American Library Association. Deadline 8/16.
“This addition to the ALA Code of Ethics supports the association’s mission to foster cultural understanding by providing library professionals with a professional framework that supports equity, diversity, and inclusion,” said ALA President Patty Wong. “On behalf of the ALA Executive Board, I would like to thank COPE, the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Advisory Committee, the ALA Committee on Diversity, and ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for their diligence, commitment, and dedication to ensuring that library service is equitable and available to all.”
“Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Explore posters, bookmarks, and more with this year’s Banned Books Week theme! September 26 – October 2, 2021.