Freedom To Read Week

Freedom To Read Week

Donovan Davis, Staff Editor

     Freedom to Read Week is a couple of months away in February. But the library is supporting the Freedom to Read this month. Many books are being banned for multiple reasons including racism, religion, political reasons, and explicit content. Freedom to Read Foundation and book lovers are battling against the people who are trying to take away books and information from libraries that should be free to the public. 

     The Freedom to Read Foundation is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association. FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to access information. 

      The library and students are supporting the Freedom to Read by using social media. The objective is to use the hashtag #FReadom and then post about a book that has made an impact in their life. The hashtag can be used on most social media including Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. 

 “If you are interested in supporting the Freedom to Read you can use the hashtag #FReadom on social media and show us books that have had an impact on you,” librarian Megan Skipworth said.  

    Libraries all across America ban books every year for multiple reasons including racism, religion, political reasons, and explicit content. About half the time it’s the parents who report and put in a notice for books to be removed and the other half the time it’s school board members and higher education executives. Recently a Texas lawmaker is targeting 850 books that he says could make students feel uneasy. These books include Hands Up, Cinderella is Dead and 2020 Black Lives Matter Marches. 

 “I enjoy reading and I support the Freedom to Read movement,” senior Ashley Tomas said.