Dear Readers of the Livingston Manor Free Library,
We stand in solidarity with libraries across the country whose catalogues are coming under the threatening thumb of censorship. Libraries should be free and freely accessible public spaces, and the fate of no book should be met with the garbage can, or worse, banned from shelves altogether.
That’s why we’re celebrating annual Banned Books Week next week (from September 18th to September 24th), along with thousands of other participating libraries in the American Library Association. LMFL is planning a special display of commonly banned books, and we welcome our patrons to check out and read these classic titles.
The Bluest Eye! To Kill a Mockingbird! Where’s Waldo! Catcher in the Rye! I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings! Where the Wild Things Are! Can you believe that these books are being culled from schools and libraries everywhere?! Neither can we. But then, these are the strange times we’re living in.
Thank you so much, as ever, for supporting the Livingston Manor Free Library and our efforts to keep these (and so many other books) in circulation. We hope to see you soon!
Until then, visit the ALA website for more information on Banned Books Week, and to browse their list of recently and commonly banned titles: https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned