Celebrate the freedom to read!

Let’s do another poll! Any guesses as to where this man might be standing?

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The signposts might help a bit, but the pose will help more!

Wherever he is, this gentleman is clearly exercising his right to free speech! Libraries celebrate that every year, too. In fact, I think we celebrate that right every day.

Banned books week runs from September 24 to September 30 this year. Libraries everywhere will have special displays of books that have been banned or challenged. Why not celebrate your freedom to read by visiting your local library and borrowing a challenged book? Here are just a few that we have on the shelf in North Castle.

Park, the son of immigrants, and Elanor, the school outcast, become friends and then more than friends while riding the bus to and from high school.

Elanor and Park

This classic surely needs no introduction! It’s controversial because it covers the full gamut of human behavior.

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And here’s a popular novel by the award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars.

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Finally, this beloved and widely praised novel has been challenged for profanity and atheism.

Curious incident

In America, we’ve been lucky to be able to speak our minds and seek out books that show us different ways of viewing the world. Celebrate your freedom of speech and freedom to read during Banned Books Week!

Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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