We’ve covered it before: School districts across America are increasingly censoring books that don’t fit a whitewashed conservative worldview.Art of Spiegelman mouse, Anne Frank’s Illustrated DiaryAlice Walker’s Purple, Tony Morrison the bluest eyes, and Harper Lee’s to kill a robin—These are some of the many books that American school libraries have pulled from their shelves. In response to this worrying trend, the Brooklyn Public Library is taking a bold step: For a limited time, the library will offer free e-cards to anyone ages 13 to 21 across the United States, giving them free access to 500,000 e-books , including many censored books. Nick Higgins, chief librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, said:
Public libraries represent all of us in a diverse society where we coexist with other people, with other ideas, with other perspectives and perspectives, and that’s healthy democracy – without shutting down access to those perspectives or suppressing voices we don’t like Agree, but expand access to these voices and have conversations and ideas we agree with and ideas we disagree with.
This is an intellectual free reading initiative by the Brooklyn Public Library. You know, we’ve been following a lot of book challenges and bans going on, especially last year in many parts of the country. We haven’t necessarily experienced a lot of this in Brooklyn, but we know that library patrons and library staff face these issues, and we wanted to find a way to step in and help, especially for those who see, Some of the books in their library collection may represent them, but they are being taken off the shelves.
As for how to get a free e-card from the Brooklyn Public Library, their Books Unbanned website offers the following instructions: “Individuals ages 13-21 can apply for a free BPL e-card that gives access to our full e-book collection as well as our learning database. To apply, email email@example.com.” In short, email them.
You can find a list of the most frequently banned books in the United States on the American Library Association’s website.
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