The Brooklyn Public Library is a Hero…

…for their Books Unbanned program.

If you’d like to learn about it, click HERE.

If you’d like to donate, click HERE.

If you’d like to see the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, click HERE.

As an author AND as a reader, the banning of books, of any kind, offends me. And I will own being offended. Books should never be banned. Books aren’t something for us to create fear and hate around. Books aren’t something to hide away, to ban, to burn.

Books are full of love and adventure and questions and curiosities and stories that help us understand ourselves and each other. Books create community and connection. They create opportunities for discussion and new ways of thinking. Books allow us to get lost in another world. The allow us to feel seen, to feel found, and sometimes to simply feel because sometimes only in books do we find no judgment, no hate, no fear, no chastisement, only acceptance and comfort.

At least, that’s what books have done for me, that’s what books have meant for me and to me.