Oh, this was too good of a news for us to let go and that is why we had to share this piece of gossip as soon as we heard it. Remember how we had talked about the ongoing book ban frenzy and how they are almost going out of control? Well, guess what there is a new book club in town that is aimed at cutting straight at the heart of all the book bans. Also, guess who is promoting this new club? None other than Former US president Barack Obama. He took to Twitter to promote the new club. So what is this new club you ask? It’s called “THE BANNED BOOK CLUB” and we are not kidding at all.
The Banned Book Club is an online app launched by The Digital Public Library of America. The app lets you join in and read all the books banned in your area and libraries for free. You need to first sign up and its location services will track and let you know which books are untouchable commodities in your area. The app then will issue you a virtual card letting you access its titles. Sounds cool! Right?. Well, we certainly do hope it works because the amount of books being targeted and banned is alarming. So much so that now authors and celebrities are stepping in to raise their concerns for the same. if a former president is endorsing a banned book club that should give you a picture of how dire the situation is.
In a news release, the director of DPLA( Digital Public Library of America) said
“At DPLA, our mission is to ensure access to knowledge for all and we believe in the power of technology to further that access. Today book bans are one of the greatest threats to our freedom, and we have created The Banned Book Club to leverage the dual powers of libraries and digital technology to ensure that every American can access the books they want to read,”
you can get more info on the app and book club and how it works at TheBannedBookClub.info
American Library Association claims that just alone in 2022 there were more than 1200 requests for books to be banned and a lot of self-appointed book police are looking forward to double these numbers this year. So a banned book club might be an antidote well worth hitting it
What do you think? will the banned book club be an effective method to instigate a war against the ban on books? or do you think that it is cutting down the purpose of these bans?
News Source : USA Today