NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of attempts to ban and restrict books continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported Friday. The 2022 figure is already close to last year’s total, the highest in decades.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. “It’s both the number of challenges and the kinds of challenges. It used to be a parent learning about a given book and having a problem with it. Now we’re seeing activities where organisations are making lists of books without having to read or even look at them.”