Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

FISHERSVILLE, Va -- This week is Banned Books Week and it is meant to get people talking about censorship.

Librarians said the week is about celebrating the freedom to read the books you want without the fear of getting in trouble. The week is sponsored by the American Library Association.

Books have consistently been banned because of issues like profanity, violence or sex. One librarian thinks that these are things about which everyone should be allowed to form their own opinion.

“I've heard that if a portion of your collection does not offend you as a librarian, you're not doing your job,” said Sarah Skrobis, a librarian in Fishersville. “Because we do want to represent range of beliefs, and viewpoints and try to represent the entire community.”

People are being encouraged to read some controversial books this week that include classics, like Huckleberry Finn and newer books, like the Hunger Games Series and even Fifty Shades of Gray.


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