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Libraries put focus on banned books

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) --The American Library Association is highlighting a dark chapter in the history of U.S. libraries. This week is known as Banned Books Week.

It's purpose is to highlight the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the attempted banning of books across the country.

People have tried to ban some of the most popular books including the Harry Potter series, Catcher and the Rye, and even To Kill a Mockingbird.

Library directors say people find a number of reasons to want a book banned, everything from explicit language to opposing religious views.

"It is to call awareness to the fact that we have challenged and banned books in our own society. Just to raise people's awareness level that those challenges are out there and that the American Library Association and libraries around the country actually promote freedom to read rather than censorship," said Director of Waterloo and Cedar Falls Libraries, Sheryl McGovern.

In almost thirty years, the Waterloo Public Library only came close to banning one book. It was called an Anarchist Cookbook. Parents asked that it be banned because it gave instruction on how to make a bomb.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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