Posted on May 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It's so easy to simply feel frustrated by, yet powerless to stop, efforts to ban books.

Two Florida mothers are among the many who have actively chosen the harder route: organizing efforts to fight back.

The Los Angeles Times profiled Jen Cousins and Stephana Ferrell, co-founders of the Florida Freedom to Read Project, and offers a glimpse into just one of the "exhausting and empowering" days in their lives.

You'll also meet others on the ground who are pushing back against restrictions in their state, like Texas high school teacher Frank Strong, who publishes a guide on school board races in his state.

Strong notes that this past November, only eight of thirty-eight “pro-censorship” school board candidates he tracked were elected.

Either read (or scroll) to the end for a link to register for the L.A. Times Book Club: State of Banned Books event — featuring LeVar Burton — which is sold out in-person but available to join virtually and for free.

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