Great Falls

Oct 3, 2012 5:29 PM by Claire Anderson (claire@krtv.com)

Great Falls College-MSU marks "Banned Books Week"

Books have always been up for controversy over content and this week Great Falls College-MSU is celebrating the right to choose in recognition of "Banned Books Week."

Laura Wight, library services director at the school, noted, "It's basically a week to get people to recognize their freedom to read and freedom of access to information that everyone has."

The American Library Association reports that last year, 326 books were challenged in the United States, and over the last 10 years more than 10,000 have been challenged in school and public libraries.

Wight said, "An individual or a group that finds that piece offensive for, you know, language, religious content, political content, things that they think are just a little too out there for their own personal views."

For some students and faculty it was a bit surprising when they learned what books have been targeted, and they had their own opinions on book censorship.

Student Heather Friede said, "I'm going to read what I want to read; my beliefs aren't their beliefs and that's okay."

Fellow student Tom Kropf said, "Maybe some should be banned for certain people, certain age groups of kids shouldn't read certain books, but we have free speech in this country."

Professor Ingrid ingrid Graves said, 'I love bringing it to light, because sometimes you need to have controversy to start the debate."

The ALA website states:

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

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