Meaning behind banned books week

MARQUETTE– It’s National Banned Books week, and the Lydia M. Olson Library is highlighting popular banned books, and inviting the public to exercise your right to turn the pages.

All over the world books are challenged in class rooms, academic libraries, and public libraries. This week aims to celebrate and acknowledge an individual’s decision to read what they wish to read. Banned books started back in 1982, you can find a variety of lists on banned books at the American Library Association website.

“Until that point banned books weren’t really cataloged. Nobody knew which books were banned for what reasons,” Lydia M. Olson Library outreach specialist Leigh Barry said. “But book have been banned since books have been made.”

“We should be able to read what we would like to read,” Vice President of Friends of the Lydia M. Olson Library Group Tiffany Stachnik said. “There shouldn’t be some overarching entity deciding what we can and can’t read.”

According to Barry a book that has been on the top ten list for years is And Tango Makes Three, a story of two male penguins raising an abandoned egg. Some other banded books you will find on the shelf are the Harry Potter series, Hamlet, Kite Runner, and to Kill a Mockingbird. The Lydia M Olson Library is asking book lovers to sit down and check out the banned books.