As an lover of reading, every time I hear a book is in danger of being banned, or is already banned, it upsets me. I usually ask, what is so wrong with these books that people find so threatening?

Some of the books that have been banned before, or are in danger of being banned include:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrew
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Just to name a few. Here is a list of 50 books that parents in Texas want to ban.

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Banning books sounds like something that happens elsewhere, deep in the South, never in El Paso, but it does; we remember how the parents at Canutillo High School wanted to ban Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe.

But one place is making sure that banned books get their moment in the sun, and into the hands of avid readers; the El Paso public library!

Earlier this month, the El Paso Public Library posted that banned books will be highlighted at the Judge Marquez Library.

How great is this display? The flames, the books on display- it's all so fun!

I'm sure the other public libraries around the city will also have special displays for banned books- and there's only one way to find out- visit your nearest public library today!

Happy reading!


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