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The Voice of Wakefield High School

The Howler

The Voice of Wakefield High School

The Howler

Why are so many books being banned, and what does it mean for libraries?

Why are so many books being banned, and what does it mean for libraries?

Hayes Hemphill, Guest Writer April 25, 2024

At the end of March in 2023, the State Board of Education in Florida voted to ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity throughout public high schools. To expand this scope, many books...

PEN America recorded 1,477 instances of individual books being banned, an increase of 28% compared to the six prior months. In recent events, Florida and Texas remain the top two states with the most banned books between July 2021 and June 2022.

The start of a war of words

Katie Spampinato, Staff Writer May 22, 2023

Censorship has been a constant problem for centuries and still manages to exist in the modern day, suppressing media such as books, films, news and more. As of 2021, school districts have challenged books...

A student reads the challenged book, Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix. The Harry Potter series as been challenged globally for inciting witchcraft and anit-family induendos.

Wakefield responds to banned books

Katie Spampinato, Staff Writer December 9, 2022

In 1982, First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug decided that due to the increase in book challenges, there should be a week in September to respond to these acts. Although Banned Book Week has...

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