Update 12/23/21: We received receipts for over $1,300 in donations from our fabulous readers. You really came through for the fight against censorship! We were feeling great about that, then EveryLibrary let us know that they’ve actually seen close to $5,000 in donations in the last three days! We’ve made our maximum matching donation of $5,000, too. Receipt below!
Book Riot is matching donations up to $5,000 USD to EveryLibrary, a nonprofit organization and the first and only national political action committee for libraries in the U.S. Scroll to the bottom of the post for how to participate, or keep reading for more information about the organization and why we’ve chosen to support them.
In a year of relentless book challenges and successful censorship efforts across the United States, it’s easy to feel hopeless, angry, helpless, and frustrated by political groups eager to restrict the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Those emotions are valid, but they don’t lead to change. Change comes at the ground level, whether or not your immediate community is one in the midst of school or public library book challenges.
One of many groups working with ground level efforts to shut down censorship and amplify the voices of those defending Intellectual Freedom is EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary is a nonprofit organization and the first and only national political action committee for libraries in the U.S. Their primary work is in supporting public library referendums, as well as supporting the continued existence of school libraries and building a powerful network of Americans who take the actions necessary to ensure libraries will remain as a resource for generations to come. Their work focuses on connecting with those in communities who need help, to deliver support through funds and advocacy.
Right now, EveryLibrary has a petition open to Americans that supports the freedom to read for all. The petition allows you to quickly find your state legislators and send an email to them immediately that lends support to intellectual freedom and the legal right to access and read materials from libraries.
Some of EveryLibrary’s most recent successes include helping to ensure passage of New Orleans Public Library’s core funding millage, which will support the system for 20 years; a rapid response to the draconian cuts in library service to Niles Maine Public Library; helping students in D.C. ensure school libraries remain a crucial, funded resource; funding the effort to help McCall Public Library in Idaho make necessary expansions via bond; and more.
Now it’s time to turn toward helping build anti-censorship coalitions and on the ground efforts across the country, and Book Riot and EveryLibrary are teaming up to make these happen in the new year.
From Monday, December 20, to Wednesday, December 22, Book Riot will be matching all donations made by our readers to EveryLibrary, up to a total of $5,000 USD. These funds will be earmarked for anti-censorship efforts across the U.S. More specifically, they’ll be used to identify and deploy a coalition of citizens like you who care about the right to read in communities where that freedom is being challenged.
To participate, upload a picture of your receipt for your donation to Everylibrary in the form below. You can redact personal information.
If you feel like making a monthly donation commitment to EveryLibrary to make an even bigger impact, they’re offering a fun incentive right now, too: everyone who starts a monthly donation of $5 or more gets a pair of “I Love My Library” socks from John’s Crazy Socks.
Check back in the first week of January, and we will upload our receipt to show how much we’ve raised together!