Book Bans Are Rising Sharply in Public Libraries

September 21, 2023 1 min read

Elizabeth A. Harris and Alexandra Alter
New York Times

Excerpt: More than two years into a sharp rise in book challenges across the United States, restrictions are increasingly targeting public libraries, where they could affect not only the children’s section but also the books available to everyone in a community.

The shift comes amid a dramatic increase in efforts to remove books from libraries, according to a pair of new reports released this week from the American Library Association and PEN America, a free speech organization.

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