ALA Announces Right to Read Day, a Call to Action to Protect Libraries and Freedom to Read

ALA hopes to spark community action with the day, which will culminate with a virtual conversation, "Protecting Free Expression and the Right to Read," hosted by Unite Against Book Bans coalition partners.

The American Library Association (ALA) has declared Monday, April 24 as Right to Read Day. Monday is the first day of National Library Week.

The national call to action comes on the one-year anniversary of ALA launching its Unite Against Book Bans campaign. ALA offers suggestions for the public to act, including borrow a library book at risk of being banned, write a letter to the editor or to an elected leader, attend a meeting of local officials or library or school board, and stage a public event or peaceful protest in support of libraries.

In addition, Unite Against Book Bans coalition partners will host "Protecting Free Expression and the Right to Read," a virtual conversation at 7 p.m. Eastern. The event will feature ALA president Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel, NCAC executive director Christopher Finan, and Judy Blume Forever documentary co-directors Leah Wolchok and Davina Pardo in a discussion of Blume’s work and the surge of censorship across the country. It is free, but registration is required. 

Also on Monday, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom will release the list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2022.

[Read: Gender Queer Tops Most Challenged Books List of 2021]

Read the press release below.


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