Join us in the library as we celebrate the freedom to read! Banned Books Week is September 18-24, 2022, and recognizes the importance of standing up to infringements of personal liberties including the right to research, read, and encounter information on ones own terms. This year has been especially fraught in the State of Missouri, and local organizations like the Missouri Library Association, Missouri Association of School Librarians, the ACLU-MO and others have spoken out against book bans. Join us in advocating for the rights of readers, read a banned book today!
Are books being challenged in your school or community? Contact these organizations for guidance and support.
In August 2022, SB 775 was signed into law. This bill modifies Missouri Revised Statute 573.550 to create a hostile environment for teachers and librarians helping students find materials in the library. In a shift in tactics, this provision targets visual art rather than targeting the written word, which is a much easier argument to make in light of the First Amendment. This means that books subject to SB 775's changes are mostly graphic novels and manga. Librarians have rallied against this and related efforts as they have done for decades. The Missouri Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee, MASL (Missouri Association of School LIbrarians), The Missouri branch of the ACLU, the NAACP and others continue to champion your right to read what you choose, and to access information in the library. Find this year's battle for intellectual freedom below.