FCB Chicago and Current Global worked with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to launch the “Banned Book Club.” This new digital library creates free e-books of banned titles for readers in areas across the United States where books have been banned.
During the first half of the 2022-23 school year, 1,477 individual books were banned, affecting 874 unique titles, according to Pen America’s Index of School Book Bans. 30% of banned titles were books about race or racism, or featured LGBTQ+ characters or themes.
Highlighting ongoing threats to intellectual freedom in America, the campaign arms citizens with ways to fight back against bans by making all books easily accessible. The campaign includes free, virtual libraries in regions across the United States, specifically targeting areas with existing book bans through GPS-based geo-targeting.
To access the books, readers download the Palace e-reader app and select “Banned Book Club” as the virtual library.