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Readers celebrate Banned Books Week with a blind date

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Great Gatsby" and "Gone with the Wind."

These literary classics made the American Library Association's lists of banned and challenged books.

Challenged meaning people fought to ban the books from library shelves.

Year after year, the organization celebrates our freedom to read with Banned Books Week.

The Perry County Public Library got creative and asked readers to try something new, a blind date with books.

"Thinking outside of the box and just taking a chance on something," said Adult Programmer Amy Eversole. "Something that you might stereotype or label and that you might really like."

An open mind is the only requirement for this blind date.

"We're celebrating people's choice to come in and find these books that other people may of had fought with," Eversole said.

While doing so, she reminded readers of the other services offered at the library.

"I love to read and I have a mother who's visually and hearing impaired, but she can do the audio books here," said Eversole.

The event wraps up this Saturday.

For a complete look at lists of frequently challenged books check out the American Library Association's website.

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek


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