CENSORED: Hervey Bay Library community librarian Lou Collings with just two of the books once banned by authorities.
CENSORED: Hervey Bay Library community librarian Lou Collings with just two of the books once banned by authorities. Hannah Baker

Celebrate freedom to read at library

COMMUNITY librarian at Hervey Bay Library, Lou Collings, thinks you should be able to read what you want.

She even recounted the time as a teenager when she got a copy of the Little Red Book, a move which earned her parent's disapproval.

"But just because you don't agree with something, doesn't mean it should be banned," Lou said.

The book lover said authorities and governments around the world had a history of censoring literature to the loss of readers' imaginations everywhere.

Lou even said the children's book, 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear', had been banned by Texan school authorities after it was thought the author was connected to Marxist Bill Martin, of the same name.

"It's quite sad, actually," Lou said.

While Banned Book Week was officially last week, the banned book display at the Hervey Bay Library will continue until the end of October.

And Lou said many of the books on display had been snapped up by Fraser Coast bookworms wanting to find a kernel message of anti-authoritarianism.

"There's been a huge number of books banned for a huge variety of reasons," she said.

"And it's an interesting comment on social laws of the periods."

For Roald Dahl lovers, James and the Giant Peach had been banned from some North American schools and towns because of supposed racist and sexual ideals.

George Orwell's Animal Farm, which brings to life the nightmare of communist dictatorship, was delayed in it's publication in the West and banned in countries ruled by communist regimes.



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