HERVEY Bay Library community librarian Lou Collings thinks people should be able to read what they want.

She even recounted the time as a teenager when she got her hands on 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," she said.

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

CENSORED: Hervey Bay Library community librarian Lou Collings holds up two books banned in the past.  Fraser Coast Chronicle/ Hannah Baker
CENSORED: Hervey Bay Library community librarian Lou Collings holds up two books banned in the past. Fraser Coast Chronicle/ Hannah Baker Hannah Baker

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

"It's quite sad, actually," she 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 displayed 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 Giant Peach had been banned from some towns and schools in North America because of supposed 'racist' and 'sexual' ideals.

For more information, visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org.



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