Tyler library holds public readings to recognize Banned Books Week

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Public Library is participating in an annual event that calls attention to books that have been banned in schools and libraries.

The library will hold public readings of To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Held each year during the last week of September, Banned Books Week serves as a reminder about the censoring of books and reading materials.

These books are typically challenged or banned for containing unconventional ideas and themes that may make others feel uncomfortable, according to Thomas Rankin, an employee with Tyler Public Library. While some of them are modern books, many are ones you may remember reading in school.

To Kill a Mockingbird is often banned. We also have The Kite Runner; The Giver by Louis Lowry is often banned from both school and public libraries," said Thomas Rankin, a library employee.

Nationally, this is the 34th year the American Library Association has recognized banned and challenged books.

For a list of the most commonly banned books, click here.

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