Spectrum News, Debate over banning books spreading through Western NY

by Viktoria Hallikaar, October 28, 2022

It’s a debate raging across the nation: what kinds of books should children be exposed to?

recent report by PEN America found that the past school year saw more books banned across more states and more districts this past school year.

One place fighting against that is Burning Books.

“All of these books are incendiary,” said Leslie James Pickering, the co-owner of Burning Books. “They’re meant to ignite the mind get people thinking about social change and, and how they can participate in making this world a better place.”

That’s been the mission of the store for more than a decade and it’s why seeing certain books being removed from schools and libraries has Pickering concerned.

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