The American Library Association this week announced a “national day of action” in defense of libraries and the freedom to read, designating April 24, the Monday of this year’s National Library Week, as Right to Read Day.

“ALA calls on readers everywhere to show our commitment to the First Amendment by doing something concrete to preserve it,” ALA president Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, said in a release. “The fight against censorship is too big for one person or library or organization to take on alone. And we don’t have to. That’s why ALA created Unite Against Book Bans: to be a collective voice in defending the right to read.”

ALA officials offered ways to participate on Right to Read Day:

– Borrow a library book at risk of being banned.

– Write a letter to the editor or to an elected leader.

– Attend a meeting of local officials or library or school board.

– Stage a public event or peaceful protest in support of libraries.

– Report censorship.

– Join Unite Against Book Bans.

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