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Banned Book Week



If youre a parent or spent any time babysitting, chances are youve read from a Dr. Seuss book.  If you know a teenager,  odds are good youve had a conversation about Harry Potter.  So imagine being told you can no longer check out any of those books from your public library.  The next few days are designed to celebrate the hope that will never happen.  This is Banned Books Week, a tribute to the freedom to read.  While the second amendment to our constitution is a serious issue, the Marion Public Library is taking a look at the silly side of censorship. Library Director Doug Raber says when you see that books like The Lorax have been banned in some places it just makes you shake your head.    

 " Libraries are supposed to be places that are uninhibited and provide free access to material based on what people choose to read or not .. in other words it's their choice, no one else. "


History shows a long list of books that were either banned or burned.  You know about The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, but how about Winnie the Pooh?  Assistant Library Director Dawn Cline says its true  " Winnie the pooh has talking animals and some people consider that to be an insult to God. "


Harry Potter was banned for witchcraft, Anne Frank for being too sad, but Marion mom Dani Showalter says shes read Pooh to her daughter since the little girl was born.

 "We have duplicates of the same book -  cause we're big Winnie the Pooh fans  - - and this does surprise me.  "


Charlottes Web, Where the Wild Things Are also sparked controversy.  Jennifer Krueger says her sons have read most of the books in the display, but she sees it as an opportunity to talk about freedom for both the author and the reader.

Just because it has a bad word doesn't mean we don't read it .. but that we talk about the lesson from that.  We talk about that writers have the ability to write whatever they want, but as readers we have the choice whether we read it and absorb that information or not. "


  Cline says theres at least one more that leaves people shaking their head.  The original Wheres Waldo was banned.

" There was a semi naked or nude beach goer in it .. I've seen the picture and  you can't see much. "


The celebration of Banned Books Week continues at the Marion Public Library and several others in the corridor through September 28th.





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