HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- The issue of banning books was front and center at an event in Hartford Tuesday night.
The Hartford Public Library hosted their annual 'Banned Books Readout' at the library's Mark Twain Branch, located in the Hartford Public High School at 55 Forest Street.
The event was a way to celebrate our freedom of speech and reading.
The Hartford Public Library, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Law and Government Academy at Hartford Public High School presented the free event which was opened to the public.
Members of the community came out to read a passage from their favorite banned books, including author Wally Lamb, who knows about book-banning first-hand.
"I'm going to be reading from my first novel, 'She's Come Undone,' which was recently banned by the Connecticut Department of Correction, and then I'm happy to say, un-banned 24 hours later, so the issue of book-banning comes sort of close to home for me," said Lamb.
Some of the most popular books in the US have been challenged or banned from schools and libraries. The banning of books dates back to 450 BC and continues to the present day.
Banned Books Week has been observed since 1982 to bring attention to banned books and celebrate the freedom to read. This year it is being celebrated September 22 - 28.
"To ban a book is to gag the writer and blindfold the reader. Neither is acceptable in a country where freedom of speech is treasured," said Lamb.
If you want to check out some of the country's most banned books click here.
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