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Banned Books Week 2020 - Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

by Deeth Ellis on 2020-10-01T13:52:00-04:00 | Comments

What do Toni Morrison, Tim O'Brien, Sherman Alexie, Lois Lowry, and Mark Twain have in common? They are on the top 100 list of Banned and Challenged Books published by the American Library Association.  ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom keeps a record of books that are challenged by school boards, parent groups, administrators, towns or even teachers.  Some common reasons cited for requesting removal of a book from a library, classroom, or curricula are LGBTQIA+ content, drug use, sexually explicit, profanity, promotes stereotypes, or against family values. Take a look through the list, and you will notice many classics, young adult, and children's books familiar to us all! (From "Banned & Challenged Books." Office of Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association)

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