First, you can visit the What You Can Do page on the official Banned Books Week website. A lot of their suggestions are geared toward libraries and bookstores, but here are a couple of ideas anyone can do:
- Write to your local paper.
- Keep a Banned Books Week journal.
- Collaborate with local booksellers and librarians for big events.
- Amnesty International — A group dedicated to the protection human rights, they take up the Banned Books Week charge to support individuals who are being persecuted for their writing.
- National Coalition Against Censorship — A major part of Banned Books Week, NCAC works to protect free expression and to aid individuals facing censorship. They have a Take Action page on their site with a list of ways to get involved, as well as a special Right To Read: Take Action page.
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression — Calling themselves the "bookseller's voice against censorship" the ABFFE produces the Banned Books Week Handbook, full of great tips and ideas and information.
As President James Madison once said:
"A popular government, without popular information, or the mean of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."Arm yourself.