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Book Challenge Response

Resources for parents, teachers and teens about the First Amendment, Freedom to Read, what books are frequently challenged and how to support school librarians.

More Information

Click on the photo above for NPR's 1A Podcast entitled "When Schools Ban Books" from 11/11/21


Freedom to Reads in depth article about the history of censorship LINK

Challenge Support

Below are links to a few sites with professional resources meant to help respond to book challenges and censorship, from ways to report censorship attempts to how to talk with school and community members and open up dialog on difficult topics. Click on each logo next to their descriptions to access the site. 

 ALA's website on challenge support. It includes extensive resources for librarians, including how and when to work with the media, local government, and developing a meeting with the community. 


Comprehensive website from the ALA on fighting censorship. 


The Freedom to Read Foundation, is a non-profit legal and educational organization that protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.


ALA's Freedom to Read Statement 


TLA recently opened an intellectual freedom helpline open to librarians facing challenges, that connects them to others who have faced them before and can give resources and support.


School Library Journal has also opened a hotline to report censorship, as another option. 


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