Vigo County Public Library celebrates banned books

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — National Banned Books Week is here and Vigo County Public Library is celebrating by educating.

The community staple has plans to champion free access to information, especially if that information is literature.

Community members are invited to visit the library’s various displays showcasing books that frequent the list.

Those books include classics such as; To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizard of Oz and even Dr.Seuss’ The Lorax.

Garrett Brown, Vigo County Public Library’s Communications Manager, said there isn’t a singular reason that books are banned. Instead, he refers to certain themes deemed too mature or outlandish to be appropriate.

“Many of the books that are usually brought up to be banned or restricted discuss many difficult issues that people kind of question.

Some of those involve the LGBT community, sexual references and even for kids books, things that just might provoke undesired behavior.

This year the library has reached out to local leaders to share their own favorite banned books.

You can expect to see various social media posts throughout the week highlighting the selections.

National Banned Book Week, as well as Vigo County Public Library’s displays will continue through Friday.

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