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Adult summer program at PV Library supports freedom to read banned books

If you peruse the list of some 50 banned and challenged books as reported by the American Library Association, you may find 10 or more were required reading in high school. And if you somehow missed out on the discussions - or feel you have a better appreciation as an adult - this summer is a great time to gather your library card and book bag and head to the Prescott Valley Public Library.

The PV Library 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program "Celebrate Your Freedom to Read" offers a brochure with a list of 54 banned or challenged books - including the top 10 in 2012 - to select for summer reading. Each week, readers can enter a drawing for a new Kindle. The books read do not have to be on the banned list.

"This year's theme is to help raise awareness of books that have been censored and/or banned," said Mary Barnett, librarian assistant.

Participants in the reading program do not have to read banned or censored books to enter the drawing, Barnett emphasized. They also can listen to audiobooks, attend a library event, read to someone, listen to music, or watch a movie.

James and the Giant Peach is #56 on the ALA's list of the top 100 most frequently challenged books because of its "macabre and potentially frightening content." This children's novel by Roald Dahl was made into a movie in 1996, and the library will show the movie at noon on Saturday, June 29, in the third floor Crystal Room.

The summer reading program runs from June 4-July 9, with the drawing for the Kindle at noon on July 10. Fill out an entry form at the front desk - limited to one per week. You may also go to the library's Facebook page and post your comments about your most recently read book.

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