How to Fight Censorship & Book Bans

On Monday, April 24, 2023 the first national Right to Read Day was held. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA), and kicking off National Library Week, Right to Read Day was established as a call to action in response to the past few years of attacks on access to, and even the existence of, certain books – overwhelmingly those with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters, themes, and information (check out the top 13 challenged books of 2022 to see what I mean).

While ALA’s Unite Against Book Bans, and other organizations, highlighted going to the library and checking out banned books as a primary action that can be taken, simply checking out books in the long run is not the most effective and proactive action that you can take to support the right to read and access to books showing diverse points of view and factual information. [But do go checkout banned books, too!]

So, what can you do to help in the fight against censorship and book banning?

Get Informed

There are several sources for current information about the scope of the concerted efforts to limit access to books. Organizations such as EveryLibrary, PEN America, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) provide access to news, resources, advocacy, and ways to take action.

Get Involved

One of the most basic and important things you can do is vote. Vote in state and national elections, but also pay attention to local elections – school boards, library boards. No election is too small, and you can have a huge impact by getting involved at the local level. Go to school board and library board meetings, or become part of your school board and library board. They are both the most direct way you can work to guarantee your local organizations are dedicated to preserving the right to read. Want to go bigger? Write letters to legislators and government officials. Protest. Join or start a campaign for the right to read – for example, EveryLibrary’s Fight for the First.

Some good places to find out how to get involved:

This country is in the midst of one of its greatest threats to intellectual freedom, access to diverse viewpoints and ideas, and the right to read in its history. In addition, these attacks are moving beyond just targeting books, but targeting people – teachers, school librarians and media specialists, and public librarians – and the institutions they work in with threats and violence. Get involved and take action to protect your right to read, as well as those who educate and provide access to books across the country.


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