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Mount Kisco Public Library Opposes Banned Books

Reading is one activity most people take for granted. It isn't very often that you find parents telling their children not to read. This week is Banned Books Week all over the nation. The Mount Kisco Public Library is doing their part to educate the Mount Kisco Residents on their rights to read and which books are actually banned.

Downstairs in the Main library room, an eye catching display is set up that showcases some of the most popular banned books. The library does not support the banning of books and would like to invite everyone to come commemorate the week by selecting a book from the banned book display.

“This week comes around each year and it often goes unnoticed,” said Maria Ciccone, Mount Kisco Librarian and designer of the banned books display. “People are often not sure what books are banned or even why they are banned, so the library wanted to make a display that would not only get people's attention, but also let them know what books are actually banned. There are several classics that are banned, and people are just unaware.”

For instance, the fiftieth Anniversary Definitive Edition of “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank is banned. In the past, most students were required to read The Diary of a Young Girl in English class, but less and less students are reading the book because of it's banned status.

“The Diary of a Young Girl” was Anne Frank's diary that detailed the two years she and her family spend hiding out from Nazi soldiers. The definitive edition is currently banned due to complaints about its sexual content and homosexual themes not found in the original version.

“To me, one of most insidious aspects of book banning is how it implies that some people (those who ban books) are superior to others (everyone else). Otherwise, how could they have the right to restrict their fellow citizens' access to information?” said Deirdre Johnson, Mount Kisco Public Library Children's Reference Librarian.

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