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Hudson Library Notes: Banned Books Week at the library

Tina Norris

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year's celebration takes place Sept. 23-29 and the library is marking the event with a display of historically and recently banned and challenged books.

What exactly is a challenged book? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

The most challenged books of 2017 include; "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, "Drama" by Raina Telgemeier, "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini, "George" by Alex Gino, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and "I Am Jazz" by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings.

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information. Here at the Hudson Area Public Library, we want to provide materials that represent multiple viewpoints on various subject matters. We want to provide you with access to intellectual freedom and not restrict the freedom of others. The freedom to read is essential to our democracy as well as in the public interest, and reading is one of our very greatest freedoms, guaranteed by our Constitution. Banned Books Week is meant to celebrate our freedom in literature, and to remind us how lucky we are to have the right to read.

Upcoming events

Introduction to 3D Printing, Thursday Sept. 20, 2:30-3:15 p.m. In the iLab. Everyone welcome.

Construction Club, Thursday Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Legos, K'nex and more! Grades 3-6.

LibraryCon, Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ComicCon library-style. An all ages, whole community event!

LibraryCon-themed Game Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for a variety of board games. Everyone welcome.

Young Writer's Workshop, Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Don't write alone! Grades 5-12.

Maker Magic - Video Game Design, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Have you ever wanted to create your own video game? Here's your chance! Grades 4-8. Register online or at the front desk.

Fourth Friday Film - "Infinity War" (PG-13), Friday, Sept. 28, 3:45-6 p.m. We'll provide the popcorn! Everyone welcome. Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Book Clubs this week: No book clubs meeting this week.

iLABS: Open during regular library hours.

Tech Help: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday 4-5 p.m.

For all event details please visit our website,, or call the Library at 715-386-3101. See you at the Library!