As attempts to ban books mount across the county, Chicago has created “sanctuaries for books”: “Encourage and Alert” | Arts and entertainment

A glass shelf displaying some of the nation’s most notable and challenging books decorates the entrance to the Lincoln Belmont branch of the Chicago Public Library. Books are surrounded by yellow tape and red banners directing the attention of those walking inside to titles that have been banned or attempted to be banned in other bookstores across the country.

But instead of taking books off the shelves, visitors to the library – in celebration of Banned Book Week 2022 – were invited to learn about each one and encourage discussions on the topics they were banned for. The City Lit Theater Company has joined the effort by offering a theatrical performance of popular banned and challenging books, allowing people to make up their mind about reading them.

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