U of U celebrates intellectual freedom with Banned Books Week

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Banned books got a voice at the University of Utah Thursday.

Students, faculty, and staff were invited to read a passage from a banned book or play at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Books have been banned for a number of reasons like language, a character’s sexual orientation or an underlying message.

Associate Librarian Allyson Mower said it’s important for students to understand we live in an open society.

“If you’re scared of something or fearful of an idea, especially an idea that’s expressed in a book. I think you should read that book and then decide for yourself what you think about it,” said Mower.

This event was created to encourage students and parents to become more open-minded when it comes to reading material available in schools.

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