Each book that is banned or censored is done so for the content within the pages.

Although banning books is no longer a common practice in Canada, there have been previous levels of government in Canada that have banned books.banned books 2Display of banned books at the Drumheller Public Library

"What I have done, is I have put out some banned books, now a banned books means that a library or a librarian has taken it off the shelves and not let the public borrow it," says Lachie McFadden, of the Drumheller Public Library.

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted, but when libraries choose to ban books it affects the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.  

"It is freedom to read week at the library, and this is a Canadian wide event," stated McFadden.

He also explains that there are a variety of reasons that books have been banned in the past, but he doesn't know why any book would be banned from a library as it is for anybody to use.

"All the books that are out there right now, and you would be surprised at some of the titles; more in the last 10 years, there are going to be a lot more banned books lets say 50 years ago, but all the books on the display right now have been in the last 10 years." explains McFadden.

Many books that have been banned or censored are later dropped from the list, and no longer considered controversial. For this reason, Freedom to read week gives people a chance to revisit previously banned books to give a new perspective into the controversies that books faced. 

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