Censorship in Libraries

These books were all challenged or banned from libraries in 2011

Every year in October, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week, to bring attention to the fact that some books are still hidden from readers. Be it teen books that are challenged as “too violent” or adult books said to be “racist,” there are things to offend almost everyone. “The Bhagavad Gita” was almost banned in Russia this year for being “extremist,” while a school library removed “Super Diaper Baby” by Dav Pilkey when a parent objected to the phrase “poo-poo head.” Other reasons classic books have been challenged? How about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane “living in sin”? Or “Of Mice and Men” by local boy John Steinbeck, containing “morbid and depressing themes” and “vulgar language”? Check out the book prison display at PGPL this week, and enjoy your freedom to read!

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