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Message from the Director: A Sanctuary for Books

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Message from the Director: A Sanctuary for Books

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Livingston Library Community,

It is with great honor that I announce the Livingston Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution declaring the Livingston Public Library as a Book Sanctuary and adopting the American Library Association’s “Freedom to Read” statement. This action stands in solidarity with the Freedom to Read proclamation adopted by the Livingston Town Council on May 15, 2023.   As a response against book banning and censorship, these statements reinforce our Library’s commitment to providing our community with diverse, inclusive materials and services and to protect our patron’s intellectual freedom. 

Threats against the free flow of information and access to books have been on the rise. The American Library Association has documented 4,240 book titles targeted for censorship and 1,247 demands for the censorship of library books and resources in 2023. As a response against book banning and censorship, Book Sanctuaries collect and protect endangered books – making them accessible to patrons instead of banning them. 

As a Book Sanctuary, the Livingston Library is a place where: 

  • People can borrow and read challenged books 
  • Endangered books are accessible to everyone
  • We host book talks, storytimes, and other events about banned and challenged books
  • People can be educated about the history of book banning and burning 

You can read the Livingston Public Library’s Resolution 24-05 on the Library’s website, here. 

The Livingston Library is and will remain to be a sanctuary for books and all readers. A space where everyone has the right and freedom to read, express ideas, and most importantly, be themselves. 

Best, 

Amy Babcock, Director 

One Response

  1. Thank you, the Trustees and Council for supporting Livingston as a book sanctuary town. This is an affirmation of who we are as a community. “Open minds, open hearts. “

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