Chicago Public Library encourages residents to help save endangered books

Harold Washington Library at night
Harold Washington Library. On Wednesday, Chicago Public Library announced its "Read-sistance" and encouraged Chicagoans to help save endangered books. Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Chicago Public Library has called on people to join what it’s called the “Read-sistance” during this “Banned Book Week.”

The library celebrated by establishing so-called “book sanctuaries” across the city’s 77 neighborhoods.

Librarians have promised to ensure Chicagoans have access to books that are challenged, or even banned in some areas.

“As one of the most diverse cities in the country, Chicago is proud to continue welcoming people from all walks of life and providing spaces for them to share their experiences,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

In a press release, the library wrote that more than 739 attempted book bans took place in 2021 — concerning nearly 1,600 books.

Chicago Public Libraries also encouraged individuals to start their own book sanctuaries.

To start one, all a person needs to do is collect and protect books that are considered endangered, and then make sure those books are broadly accessible.

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