Librarians and Teens Against Censorship
“On April 13, 2022 the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) launched a new campaign, “Books UnBanned,” to help teens combat the negative impact of increased censorship and book bans in libraries across the country.
For a limited time, young adults ages 13 to 21 nationwide, will be able to apply for a free eCard from BPL, unlocking access to the library’s extensive collection of eBooks and audiobooks for 1 year.
The Brooklyn Public Library eCard provides access to 350,00 e-books; 200,000 audiobooks and over 100 databases. Teens will also be connected to their peers in Brooklyn, including members of BPL’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council, to help one another with information and resources to fight censorship, book recommendations and the defense of freedom to read.
To apply for the card, teens can send a note to BooksUnbanned@bklynlibrary.org, or via the Library’s teen-run Instagram account, @bklynfuture. The $50 fee normally associated with out-of-state cards will be waived.
Frequently challenged books available for BPL cardholders include: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Tomboy by Liz Prince, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison.”