5 Banned Books You Can Find At The El Paso Public Library This Summer
Here's a list of a few banned books you can now find in the Banned Book Section at every El Paso Public Library branch.
It started on May 14th as a collaboration among the El Paso Public Library, City Rep. Alexandra Annello, and the YWCA.
“Freedom of information is one of the cornerstones of a great democracy. It is imperative that public libraries continue to have the freedom to provide access to books and other resources that some may deem inappropriate for others,” said El Paso Public Library Director Norma Martinez.
“Banned and challenged books are usually ones that tell stories by and about historically marginalized people and communities. That is a direct attack on the people who write and who are represented in these books,” said YWCA CEO Dr. Sylvia Acosta.
“By highlighting these books, we are taking a stand against censorship, oppression, and discrimination.”
This summer, EVERY BRANCH of the El Paso Public Library will feature a banned book section with different themes, such as "Every Story Matters," which seeks to call attention to the need for inclusion within the community.
Below are just five examples of the books you can expect to find.
1. Of Mice And Men
Considered one of the most banned books of the century, according to the American Library Association, Of Mice and Men is still being challenged to this day for its use of profanity and its depictions of race and violence.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
A classic book found on almost every high school English class syllabus, To Kill A Mockingbird, has been banned for its use of racist language and the plot that revolves around a rape allegation.
3. The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give has been banned in Texas previously because of inappropriate language.
4. The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye by noble prize-winning author Toni Morrison has been challenged because of its graphic description of rape.
5. Catcher In The Rye
A Classic of every banned book list, Catcher In The Rye is typically challenged for its frequent use of swearing and profanity.
The YWCA is also collecting book donations from the community that will be a part of the Banned Books Section.
To donate, visit https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/ywca-bannedbooks/
Residents will be directed to an Amazon page where they can purchase books that will be a part of the collection.
For more information about obtaining a library card, or the services provided by the El Paso Public Library, visit www.elpasolibrary.org.
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