EL PASO, Texas– The City of El Paso has partnered with YWCA El Paso to bring banned and challenged books to every public library location.
The Banned Books ceremony took place on Saturday at the Chamizal Community Center.
The new section is themed “Every story matters.” YWCA said this aims to draw attention to the need for inclusion in the community.
They have been collecting donations from the city and community of El Paso, but they said they will continue to collect them to have these sections in every public library in El Paso.
City Representative for District 2, Alexandra Annello, who is also part of the partnership, said this is a resolution the City Council, along with YWCA, passed a few months ago and is now being unveiled.
She said it is in response to the attack on education and information in the state.
“The state can limit what schools offer, but they cannot limit what cities and city libraries provide, so we really want to end solidarity with our education system across the state, make these books available and make a statement that we as a community don’t accept this kind of hatred,” Annello said.
Over the past year, the ban on books in Texas schools has gained momentum.
Republican lawmakers have gone to great lengths to remove books from schools they deem 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 have to adapt.”
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