Bettendorf Public Library celebrates important American right

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National Banned Books week is September 21st through September 27th and the Bettendorf Public Library has several books on display along with student artwork to promote the event.

Maria Levetzow said the week is meant to celebrate our freedom to all information.

"We have a right in this country to read what we want when we want, and Banned Books Week is a reminder that we have that right, that we fought for that right, and that we need to maintain our vigilance to keep that right," said Levetzow.

In the last decade, over 5,000 book challenges have been reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Some of the top books that have been challenged include the "Captain Underpants" series by Dav Pilkey, "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James.

Levetzow said book challenges and bans happen to books of all ages and across all venues.

"It could be language, it could be sexual situations, the Bible gets challenged all the time," Levetzow said. "It could be religious beliefs or political beliefs that someone doesn't agree with."

This week the Bettendorf Public Library will hold a banned books reading as well as display artwork from Rivermont Collegiate students depicting popular books that have been banned or challenged across the country in the past.

The library will also host Chris Crutcher, an author who has had his books frequently challenged in the past, to speak to a public audience and read passages from his books. That event will be on September 22, 2014.

Click here for the list of Banned Book Week events.

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