What you can do

Shoutout your Librarian

Librarians and local libraries are hard at work safeguarding access to diverse stories and protecting our right to read free from censorship.

Share a message of gratitude for librarians to support their fight against book bans and censorship.

Since 2021, accounts of book bannings and threats against librarians have soared. As dozens of states advance classroom censorship bills, libraries and library workers have increasingly become targets of harassment. In the last year, threats directed to libraries and library workers have escalated, including the forced temporary closure of five public library systems due to bomb and shooting threats. Some librarians have been fired for refusing to remove books from circulation.

Library workers are on the frontlines of this fight – and they need to hear from us! Here are a few prompts to help you share a note of appreciation for their work:

  • Tell the impact of your public or school librarian/library on your own education – what books might you never have read? How has access to diverse authors and narratives affected you?

  • Reflect on what you appreciate most about your local librarian/library, either now or as a young reader! Why do you stand up for librarians fighting against book bans and censorship?

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