Brooklyn Public Library joins those fighting for the rights of teens nationwide to read what they like, discover themselves, and form their own opinions. Inspired by the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Statement, BPL's Books Unbanned initiative is a response to an increasingly coordinated and effective effort to remove books tackling a wide range of topics from library shelves.

BPL is proud to celebrate the following libraries have joined Books Unbanned as crucial partners in defending and expanding the freedom to read.

The American Library Association (ALA) documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. ALA recently released preliminary 2023 data showing that censorship attempts are increasingly moving to public libraries. Most targeted books are for a teen audience and are by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.

Across the country, teens continue to face rising attempts at book bans, censorship, and political challenges in their local school and public libraries.

Here are just some of the ways young adults can get support from BPL:
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Borrowed and Banned

BPL's new podcast mini-series tells the story of America's ideological war with its bookshelves. Hear from students on the frontlines, librarians and teachers who risk their careers by speaking up, and writers whose books have become a political battleground. 

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Get Involved

BPL's Intellectual Freedom Teen Council is a virtual space where teens from across the country can connect with a peer-support network and discuss book challenges, censorship, and intellectual freedom.

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Request a BookMatch

BookMatch Teen offers book recommendations for teens, by teens. Complete the form and a BookMatch Teen member will create a reading list of five titles just for you.

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Report a Challenge

If you hear of a challenge at your local library, support your librarian and free and open access to library materials by contacting the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.

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Use Your Library

Look for frequently challenged books at your local library, or check out our selection of eBook & audiobook titles, many of which are set to "Always Available" for BPL cardholders - no waiting for a copy! 

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