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Weekly News Digest

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ALA Shares Preliminary Data on 2023 Book Challenges

ALA “released new preliminary data documenting the continued rise in attempts to censor books and materials in public, school and academic libraries during the first eight months in 2023.” The organization’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reports that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2023, there were “695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles.”

OIF says the number of unique titles increased 20% from the same period last year, “the year in which the highest number of book challenges occurred since ALA began compiling this data more than 20 years ago. Most of the challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community,” ALA notes.

For more data and examples of book challenges, read the press release.

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