LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A celebration of books at downtown La Crosse’s Pearl Street Books.
In honor of banned books week, customers heard different banned books read aloud.
Several readers each took ten minutes to read from such classics as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Flowers for Algernon,” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
One of the event organizers Sam Scinta said over the past couple of years, the number of books being banned or challenged has risen.
“If you love a book, odds are that at some point someone has tried to challenge that book in a library,” Scinta said. “So banned books are not just the things that we think of as maybe evil books within society. They’re books John Steinbecks ‘Of Mice and Men.’”
The American Library Association reports that as of this past August nearly 4,000 books are being challenged this year.
49 of those titles being challenged in Wisconsin.
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