NYC Libraries Take A Stand Against Book Banning
The New York Public Library launched a new initiative giving readers across the country access to banned books for free
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Publishers Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers and Scholastic partnered with the New York Public Library on the initiative.
The Brooklyn Public Library launched a similar initiative this month, Books Unbanned, which offers resources for teens who want to fight book banning. The library's website features a variety of ways teens can get involved in the cause. Teens in NYC can join the library’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council to combat censorship. Additionally, they can read the library’s “always available” books that have recently been contested.
For a limited time, people ages 13-21 outside of New York State can apply for a free BPL eCard, which provides access to the library’s full eBook collection and learning databases. More information is available on the website.
How to Access the New York Public Library's Unbanned Books
The selection of unbanned books can be browsed, borrowed and read on any iOS or Android device via SimplyE, the library's free e-reader app.
To access the books:
Download The New York Public Library’s free SimplyE app
Verify that you are at least 13 years old
Locate The Books For All collection
Locate unbanned books”within that collection
Browse, check out, and read desired books from any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
For more information, visit nypl.org/spotlight/books-for-all.
Main image courtesy New York Public Library.