It’s Banned Book Week. Here’s how to party in Des Moines

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Their titles are recognizable, the kind of books with ears and edged pages worn from multiple readings.

Blue Eye. “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “The Catcher in the Rye.” “Violet.”

They are classics.

It is also one of the most frequently challenged books in America.

falls this week Forty Banned Books Weeka national event that seeks to educate about censorship in public spaces and celebrate reading of all genres, topics, and authors.

Join libraries and libraries across America, and Des Moines Public Library I planned a week of programming in honor of Banned Books, including partnering with Raygun on Limited Edition “I read banned books!” shirts.

more:Survey shows Iowans broadly opposed to criminal penalties and lawsuits over “obscene” books in schools.

The annual spotlight on censorship comes as attempts to ban or restrict access to books head past a record set in 2021, according to the American Library Association, which has tracked such challenges for more than two decades.

In the first eight months of 2022, there were 681 censorship requests on 1,651 titles, According to the associationIn the continuing “sharp rise” in attempts to ban over the past two years. And while some literary classics still present signs of challenges, recent years have seen more targeted campaigns to remove material related to the LGBTQ community, racism, social justice, or the personal stories of people of color.

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