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Mendocino libraries and bookstores celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Books display shelf in the library
Stacey Sheldon
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From September 18-24, Mendocino libraries and bookstores celebrate Banned Books Week, an national event sponsored by the American Library Association. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by spotlighting efforts of censorship.

The American Library Association tracks a rising trend in book challenges in the United States; eight months into 2022, the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries is on track to exceed record counts from 2021, with over 1,600 targeted titles. In 2022, most of the titles target LGBTQ people and themes. Listen to Ukiah Branch Librarian Melissa Eleftherion Carr, and bookseller Toni Wheeler, speak about local attempts to censor books and the rather surprising outcomes.

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Stacey Sheldon has lived in Mendocino County for over 25 years. She teaches in public school, plays in community theater, hikes with Earth Firsters, and married a local hill hippie. She appreciates Mendocino's creative community and the opportunity to tell their stories.