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Library Celebrates National Banned Books Week

Making news around the nation this week, books on your nightstand right now could be banned in some libraries across the country. And one library is celebrating banned books week in Joplin, MO.

JOPLIN, MO-- Making news around the nation this week, books on your nightstand right now could be banned in some libraries across the country. And one library is celebrating banned books week in Joplin, MO.

This is one of Danya Walker's favorite weeks of the year. She works at the Joplin Public Library. She also enjoys Banned Books Week because she says she always finds it interesting to hear what offends people. Her favorite book is considered a classic. "Anne Frank is a big shocker. That was banned at one school because it was considered a real downer," says Walker. She put together a display at the Joplin Library that lists all the popular books from the last year that were banned somewhere in the United States. One of the most popular was "50 Shades of Gray." She says sex and violence and politics always get people riled up. "If you want a best seller, put those in it," says Walker.

"The King of the Jungle" also faced some controversy. "Tarzan was banned at one point because they were living in sin. They weren't, then throw in the monkey," says Walker. Jena Gockley is the children's book librarian. She says "Captain Underpants" has been banned at several libraries due to potty humor. "Not everyone believes the same things," says Gockley. "People should have the freedom to read what they want they think is ok for them and their children."

Gockley also enjoys the controversy and says that kids' books are scrutinized a bit more than adult books. "It brings readers out about what people shouldn't be reading. I like when things get challenged." Both ladies feel that any book will offend someone. "It's the library's job to provide a variety of reading material and a good library will have something that will offend everyone."
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