April 8 is Right to Read Day

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Right to Read Day is a day for readers, advocates, and library lovers to take action to protect, defend, and celebrate the right to read against censorship and book banning.

Censors have recently accelerated their attempts to ban books in schools and public libraries. In 2023, the American Library Association documented efforts to censor 4,240 unique book titles in schools and public libraries.

The ACLU of Michigan recently launched an interactive map to track acts of censorship in Michigan. This map tracks incidents that resulted in a formal review process, so other acts of censorship that occur are not listed.

To celebrate Right to Read Day, take action and tell your elected officials to stand up to censorship. The Right to Read Day website has a form you can easily fill out to send a letter to your senators and representatives and ask them to defend your right to read!