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Banned Books Week

A guide to ALA's Banned Books Week with a focus on libraries, censorship, and freedom to read.

Books that Unite Us

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Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman (Author)

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”

James Baldwin

James Baldwin (Author)

“It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive or who had ever been alive.”

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami (Author)

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky (Author)

“And all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing 'unity.”

Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett (Author)

"Reading fiction not only develops our imagination and creativity, it gives us the skills to be alone. It gives us the ability to feel empathy for people we've never met, living lives we couldn't possibly experience for ourselves because the book puts us inside the character's skin."

T.H. White

T.H. White (Author)

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon (Actor)

"When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."

Toni Morrison photo

Toni Morrison (Author)

"You have to read, you have to know, you have to have access to knowledge."

Walk Around in Some Other Shoes