This summer, San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) is celebrating the Freedom to Read across our city. Visit your local branch library to see unique book displays that highlight historically and contemporaneously challenged books, books that represent an array of perspectives, and books about freedom and celebrating liberty. Check out a book to take home to celebrate your own freedom to read.
On May 12, 2022, San Antonio City Council adopted a resolution supporting the freedom to read and access information in public libraries. Since then, SAPL has worked to assemble resources for our community to show the library's commitment to providing free and unrestricted access to library materials and information.
View our campaign kickoff press conference below featuring San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Library Director Ramiro S. Salazar.
Learn more about historical and current attempts to restrict access to books and other library materials at the links below.
Texans for the Right to Read is a grassroots coalition of concerned Texas residents organized by the Texas Library Association. The coalition opposes the current movement to ban books from Texas libraries based on content subjectively deemed inappropriate. Its purpose is to educate the public and oppose any current or future legislation, regulations, or executive orders that infringe upon First Amendment rights and intellectual freedom.
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) 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 collect - and individuals to access - information.
Read the American Library Association's official statement on the freedom to read and learn about their propositions to support free access to information.
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
To view books that have been challenged and why, go to ALA's Frequently challenged books of the 21st century.
All information courtesy of American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom Banned Books Website
"Banned Books Week is more pertinent than ever, given the number of recent challenges to books on school reading lists and in school libraries. In this episode, Jeannette Davies of the San Antonio Public Library interviews Dr. Mark Bayer, chair of the English department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Carrie Damon, Northside ISD middle school librarian, about the history of banned books and why ensuring the freedom to read is so vital. From Ulysses to The Hate U Give, often the books that are the most meaningful are the ones that draw the most ire."