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Brad's Beat: Banned Book Week
By Brad Douglas
JOPLIN, MO.--- As a part of Banned Book Week, the Joplin Public Library is showcasing controversial books from the past year. Over the years, books have been banned because of religious reasons, sex and violence. Danya Walker setup a display at the library showing some of the most popular banned books from the last year. 50 Shades of Gray, Little House on the Prarie, and The Diary of Anne Frank are a few that have been banned by schools and libraries over the years. She says people will always get offended by something, and it's not the library's job to make those judgment calls, it's up to the reader.
"It's the library jobs to provide a variety of reading material and a good library will have somethings that will offend someone," said Danya Walker, Joplin Library.
Librarians say the banned books are usually some of their most popular and that people love the bad word of mouth.