This week is "Banned Books Week" and one local retailer has their banned books on display, but what books are on the list?

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What is Banned Books Week?

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Banned Books Week is not what it sounds like here in America. It's actually an annual awareness campaign that is promoted by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read.

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Banned Books Week is about the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them and allowing individuals to develop their own conclusions and opinions.

How Many Books Are Banned in the United States?

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There are 1,648 books that are either banned or being challenged. Some are banned from libraries while others are banned from public schools. Some of the big titles are Animal Farm, Enders Game, Of Mice and Men, Stamped, The Giving Tree, the Hunger Games, The Witches, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Certainly, these are books that people have read and will continue to read but are nonetheless on the list.

For a complete list of banned books in the U.S. click here.

West Michigan Book Store Celebrates Banned Books Week

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According to FOX 17, Schuler Books is not only celebrating "Banned Books Week" but has a huge display of banned books when you walk into their store in Grand Rapids. Schuler Books have yellow caution tape that wraps around the area the 30 books are being displayed in.

Banned Books Week is from September 18-24 and you can stop by Schuler Books to learn more and see the display and see what you have already read and what you might decide to read in the future.

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