“BOOKS UNBANNED”: BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY TAKES ON CENSORSHIP

MetroFocus | August 2, 2022

According to the American Library Association, the number of individual books challenged in 2021 was 1,597, the highest number since they’ve been tracking it.  In response to this increase in attempted censorship, the Brooklyn Public Library launched an initiative called Books Unbanned, which will make e-versions of books like “Stamped”, The Bluest Eye, and The Black Flamingo”, available to young readers nationwide.  President and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library Linda E. Johnson joins us to discuss the issue of book banning today, in addition to sharing the library’s role in combating the negative impact of censorship and in making sure information is easily accessible to all.

Aired on August 2, 2022