MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Public Library has multiple displays of banned books set up throughout the building to show the kinds of books that have been banned or challenged and why.
There are two main displays, one at the front by the adult section, and another in the children’s section. There is also a third, much smaller display in the young adult section.
The library originally put up the displays as part of Banned Books Week, a national event every year that takes place in the first week of October and highlights books that have been banned or challenged for any number of reasons. However, the library kept the displays up after the week ended, and they will remain until the end of October.
“I like to drive the point home,” said Robyn Gannon, library director. “Just to get that out there, just to make people aware.”
In a conversation with The Coast Star, both Ms. Gannon and children’s librarian Katy Conte named books that they were surprised to learn had been banned or challenged somewhere, such as “Charlotte’s Web” and “Hop on Pop.”
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