2018 saw an increase in attempts to censor drag queen story hours and LGBTQIA+ programming, as well as challenges to remove access to databases.
Last year, American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 347 book challenges to school, library, and university services and materials.
Overall, 531 materials were targeted, out of which 483 (62 percent) were books.
The most challenged book of 2018 in the United States was George, a children’s novel about a transgender girl, written by Alex Gino, and released by Scholastic in 2015. The reason for challenging the book is the presence of a transgender character.
You can find all the information in the ALA’s 2019 State of America’s Libraries report, which highlights facts about all kinds of libraries and issues affecting them.
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