Since June 1, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has tracked 155 incidents across the country and has provided support and consultation in 120 of those cases, the association said.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented volume of challenges in the fall of 2021,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “In my twenty years with ALA, I can’t recall a time when we had multiple challenges coming in on a daily basis.”
“Some of these groups even resort to intimidation and threats to achieve their ends, targeting the safety and livelihoods of library workers, educators, and board members who have dedicated themselves to public service, informing our communities, and educating our youth,” they said in a statement.
The ALA’s leadership said the group is condemning those acts of censorship and intimidation and will continue “defending the constitutional rights of all individuals of all ages to use the resources and services of libraries.”
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