EL PASO, Texas – The city of El Paso has teamed up with YWCA El Paso to bring banned and challenged books to all public libraries.
The Prohibited Books ceremony took place Saturday at the Chamizal Community Center.
The new section has the theme “Every story means something.” The YWCA said this seeks to raise awareness of the need for inclusion in society.
They have collected donations from the city and community of El Paso, but they said they continue to collect them to have these sections in all public libraries in El Paso.
The city’s representative for District 2, Alexandra Annello, who is also part of the collaboration, said that this is a decision that the city council together with the YWCA adopted a few months ago and which is now being revealed.
She said it is in response to the attack on education and information that has been going on in the state.
“The state can limit what schools offer, but they can not limit what cities and city libraries offer, so we really want to end solidarity with our education system across the state, make these books available and make the declaration that we as a society is not to accept this kind of hatred, ”Annello said.
Over the past year, book bans in Texas schools have taken off.
Republican lawmakers have made a push to remove books from schools they consider pornographic.
Texas State Representative Jared Patterson of Frisco wrote a letter to Texas school districts in March.
In the letter, Representative Patterson wrote, “if we stand together against explicit material for children, booksellers will be forced to adjust.”
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