Book Donation to Ferguson

Books & Mags, This Is Important

We’re in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 03, 2015). This year I didn’t do a project like last year, but my BBW reading did make me raise my eyebrows.

According to the American Library Association, there are disproportionately more attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about communities of color from libraries and school curricula. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content.

Ferguson Book Donation

Earlier this year, I sent a book donation to Ferguson, MO public library as my appreciation for the work they did following the shooting of Michael Brown at the end of 2014: the duology Proxy and Guardian by Alex London. Having seen the latest ALA statistics for challenged books, I’m doubly glad I sent books with a POC protagonist.

Disclosure: Author Alex London was in my class at library school. I wasn’t paid or perked to mention his books, though; just passing along a good thing.