This week, the Warren Public Library joins the American Library Association along with libraries, schools and bookstores coast to coast in celebration of the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, an annual event highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and the freedom of access to information.
Every year, hundreds of books get challenged or banned across the country. A challenge is a formal request to remove a book from a school or public library. A ban is the actual removal of the book. Some of the more frequently challenged and banned books of the past two years include “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration, and to commemorate this milestone anniversary, the Warren Public Library will host a display of banned and challenged books in the atrium of city hall, in front of the Civic Center Library.
For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the American Library Association’s Banned Books website at www.ala.org/bbooks, or stop by any branch of the Warren Public Library.