“American Library Association releases preliminary data on book bans in 2022”

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“American Library Association releases preliminary data on book bans in 2022”

ALA announced the following:

Eight months into 2022, the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries is on track to exceed the number of records from 2021, data shows. preliminary published today by the American Library Association (ALA) before Banned Books Week (September 18-24).

Between January 1 and August 31, 2022, the ALA documented 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources, and 1,651 unique titles were targeted. In 2021, ALA reported 729 attempts to censor library resources, targeting 1,597 books, which is the highest number of attempted book bans since the ALA began compiling these lists more than 20 years ago.

Additionally, more than 70% of the 681 attempts to restrict library resources involved multiple titles. In the past, the vast majority of challenges to library resources were aimed solely at removing or restricting a single book. …

Libraries across the country will highlight increased book censorship during this year’s Banned Books Week. Extended programming during the week will bring together authors, librarians and scholars to share insights on censorship and resources to support library workers.

For more information, read the Press release.

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