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Cedar Rapids Library urges patrons to read banned books

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library is participating in a national movement to prevent censorship and ensure the freedom to read.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library says there is a push to ban hundreds of books in the United States each year, and this week the library is asking bookworms to pick up a challenged book.

The library is giving away prizes to those who share photos of their favorite banned books on Instagram. Just use the hashtags #battleofthebanned and #notyouraveragelibrary.

According to the American Library Association, the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 are:

1. "Captain Underpants" (series), by Dav Pilkey.

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie.|

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

4. "Fifty Shades of Grey," by E. L. James.

Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. "The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl," by Tanya Lee Stone

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. "Looking for Alaska," by John Green

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. "Bless Me Ultima," by Rudolfo Anaya

Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. "Bone" (series), by Jeff Smith

Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

For more information on this and the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit www.crlibrary.org or call 319-261-READ.

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