Bozeman Public Library Foundation Joins National Campaign to Combat Censorship and Champion Free Expression

Bozeman Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the American Library Association to Unite Against Book Bansa national grassroots campaign to engage the public in the fight against censorship. This non-partisan campaign leverages the reach of national organizations representing librarians, educators, parents, authors, publishers, and champions for civil liberties, civil rights, and equality.

Research shows that the vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum oppose book bans, yet efforts to remove books continue at an unprecedented pace. Book bans represent a dangerous and regressive approach that undermines the principles of intellectual freedom and open discourse. Banning books stifles diversity of thought, inhibits critical thinking, and impedes the free exchange of ideas.

We firmly believe every individual has the right to access a wide range of perspectives, even those that may be challenging or controversial. Embracing the richness of diverse literature fosters empathy, broadens horizons, and nurtures a more informed society. Rather than resorting to censorship, we should promote education and constructive discussions to address concerns about challenging content in books.

  • Join us and thousands of others and sign up to Unite Against Book Bans. 
  • Spread the word on social media. Unite Against Book Bans’ online toolkit has a variety of social media graphics and suggested posts that you can use to raise awareness and encourage more supporters to join the campaign. 
  • Use the toolkit to organize in your community, reach out to elected officials and local press, and find out where candidates stand on this important issue.

Be sure to tag Bozeman Public Library Foundation and use the hashtag #UniteAgainstBookBans to let us know when you’ve taken action!

In a world enriched by diversity of thought and expression, the battle against book bans is about so much more than ink on paper. Every banned book represents not just a piece of writing, but a part of our collective human experience. As readers, advocates, and defenders of intellectual liberty, our commitment to preserving the right to read freely will continue to shape a world where the beauty of literature knows no bounds.