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Celebrate your freedom to read at the Marshalltown Public Library

September 19, 2013

A popular children's series, the "Captain Underpants" books, were the most frequently challenged books last year in schools and public libraries. Other titles that have been taken off of library shelves might surprise you - "The Diary of Anne Frank," the "Harry Potter" series and the Bible.

Librarians, booksellers, teachers and readers take part in Banned Books Week every September to celebrate the value of free and open access to information.

The Marshalltown Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by having a contest to see if people can identify the title and author of frequently challenged books by their cover art alone. Those who get the most correct will be entered into a drawing for prizes from local businesses.

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The Marshalltown Public Library is celebrating Banned Book Week from Sept. 23-28. The staff is hosting a contest for patrons to win prizes by selecting frequently challenged book based on cover art alone. For more details, visit the library or call 641-754-5738.

To enter the contest, library customers can come to the check-out desk at the library between Sept. 23 and Sept. 28 to try their hand at identifying the frequently challenged books.

Prizes for the contest are sponsored by the North Third Avenue Dairy Queen, Fridley Theatres, Rainbow Car Wash, Sub City and Taco John's.

For more information, please contact the Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 or at



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