Photo Courtesy Kate Pickup-McMullin

Library celebrates banned book week



Photo Courtesy Kate Pickup-McMullin

A display for Banned Books Week has been set up at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Inspired by unshelved.com, the display will be up until Oct. 7.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, with a display of books wrapped in brown paper and a note explaining why an attempt to ban the books was made.

Each year, the American Library Association presents a list of books that have been targeted for removal from libraries and schools, but due to the efforts of librarians, teachers and students, most of the books have remained on the shelves.

“It’s interesting to see what the issues are,” said Candy Emlen, library director. “For example, the ‘Captain Underpants’ series by Dav Pilkey are ‘unsuited to age group.’ These books are written for seven year olds using seven-year-old humor. How can they not be suited to age group? You may not like them, but that doesn’t mean they should be removed from library shelves.”

Call the library at 244-7065.

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