Why is the freedom to read important to you? At a time of rising book bans and censorship, The New York Public Library invites teens across the United States to enter their national writing contest exploring this essential right. One grand prize winner will be awarded $500 and 20 additional winners will receive $250 each—plus, they will publish all winning entries in a special edition of NYPL's Teen Voices magazine. Read more about the contest and enter your essay here!