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Yakima Valley Library Embraces Banned Books Week

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Valley Libraries are celebrating banned books this week.

All librarians are wearing pins with their favorite books that were contested or formerly banned around the world. It's all part of National Banned Books Week. The goal is to remind readers that freedom of speech is important to learning.

"What we would like is to highlight that some books have been challenged or banned in the past but remain available here at the library," Yakima Central Library's Managing Librarian Francisco Garcia said. "So you can come here, take a look at them, read them if you like."

Many famous titles are included on the banned books list including Harry Potter, Catcher In The Rye and Hamlet.