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Banned Books Week Marked in Montana

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MISSOULA -
Caution tape and warning signs aren't things you typically see in a high school library, but librarians across the country brought out the decorations this week to mark banned books week.

It's a week set aside each year to point out the importance of being able to read what you'd like.
 
Libraries across the nation put out displays of some of the books that have been challenged in the past. Many of them are now considered American classics like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Giver, Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye.

Sentinel High School Librarian Jillian Dougherty said books are often challenged because they have different viewpoints, but she said that's why it's so important to read all types of books.

"We need to be able to read all different opinions because it gives us a better perspective on history, life and the global community," Dougherty said. "If we're just set in our own way then we have no way to grow and no way to form our own opinions."

Each school district has a different way of handling challenges to reading materials. Click here to see which books have been challenged in Montana schools and how school boards ruled on the issue.
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