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Highlighting the continuing relevance of libraries in a changing technological landscape, and the defenders who support them, Tyler Manolovitz tells us why libraries are "...not dead yet."

What do Kids Think About Banned Books?

by Tyler Manolovitz

Librarians, by nature, are against censorship, specifically literary censorship in our schools and libraries. We even have our own little “holiday” called Banned Books Week in which we promote and celebrate the freedom to read. Go to your local library during that week, and you are more likely than not to be greeted with a display about banned and challenged books.

For the most part, books are not challenged out of malice or with censorship in mind, but out of a desire to protect young minds from subject matter some feel is dangerous, inappropriate, or offensive.

This can become a very contentious topic, but there is one voice these conversations often exclude: the kids.

Boing Boing recently compiled some comments and messages written by kids about some of these banned and challenged books. From their voices we learn that these books provide inspiration, feelings of empathy and tolerance, a realization that he/she is not alone, and some have even saved lives. These comments are touching, insightful, and important in understanding how valuable these books are to the kids who read them. Take a moment (with a tissue nearby) to read some of these moving comments and anecdotes:


Challenged Books to Read

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