As the unprecedented wave of censorship attempts continues to threaten libraries in 2023, we are deeply grateful for the commitment of ALA members, library workers everywhere, and all our supporters who are working to deliver on one of the key tenets of ALA's core mission, ensuring access to information for all.
This Giving Tuesday, we ask you to support libraries and the right to read for the next generation.
Between January 1 and August 31, 2023, OIF reported 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles — a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges since ALA began compiling the data more than 20 years ago.
As a result of this coordinated national book-banning campaign, library professionals across the country are experiencing harassment, loss of employment, and in some places, the prospect of facing criminal charges just for doing their jobs — providing materials that serve the information needs of everyone in their communities.
They are fighting back, but they can't do it alone.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is hard at work advocating, educating, and providing confidential professional support to library professionals and community members facing censorship challenges during this critically important time. Responding to more than 500 requests for assistance so far this year, an average of more than 10 incidents per week, the demand for their services has never been higher.
We are seeing progress, but the challenges we face will likely increase as the U.S. presidential election nears. We need your help to expand and extend our ability to fight the ever-growing threats to libraries and the right to read and think freely.
ALA is one of the nation’s leading advocates for intellectual freedom and actively educates decision-makers about the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Now, more than ever, your support matters.
Your gift will go to work right away. Make a tax-deductible donation today.
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Want to do more?
You can make a difference by actively sharing why you're supporting ALA's Giving Tuesday campaign and encouraging others to donate.
Help spread the word:
1. Announce your participation in #GiveALA on your social media channels.
2. Tag your colleagues and friends and encourage them to donate. Donors are three times more likely to donate when asked by a friend or colleague.
5. What's your #GiveALA Story? Share why you're choosing to support the right to read and the #GiveALA campaign on social media.
Get started now! Use the suggested social media posts and images below. Or get creative and customize them to make them your own.
Remember to use the official #GiveALA hashtag, link to this page (bit.ly/Give2ALA) or directly to ALA's donation page (bit.ly/Give-ALA-2023), and mention ALA in your posts so we can thank you and share!
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Sample Social Media Posts
Standing against censorship can't wait. Learn more and join the fight by donating to @ALAlibrary on #GivingTuesday. #FreePeopleReadFreely #GiveALA bit.ly/Give2ALA
Support libraries and the right to read on #GivingTuesday with a donation to the American Library Association. bit.ly/Give2ALA #GiveALA #FreePeopleReadFreely
The freedom to read is under attack at libraries across the country. Help fight censorship with a donation to @ALALibrary on #GivingTuesday. #GiveALA bit.ly/Give2ALA
Libraries across the country are experiencing an unprecedented spike in censorship attempts. Help them fight back with a donation to @ALAlibrary this #GivingTuesday. bit.ly/Give2ALA
It’s simple: Parents have the right to choose what their children read. They do not have the right to choose what other parents’ children can read. If you agree, support @ALALibrary this #GivingTuesday. bit.ly/Give2ALA #GiveALA
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.@ALAlibrary provides much-needed support to librarians as they stand up to the current unprecedented attack on our freedom to read. #GiveALA this #GivingTuesday. bit.ly/Give2ALA