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Find ‘banned’ books in Truckee next week

Deborah F. Lane
Special to the Sun

Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1, 2016.

The most common reasons people ask to have books removed or restricted from library shelves is due to the perception of objectionable content — from swear words to sexual content, from religious viewpoints to anti-government themes, from drugs to racism and the all-encompassing "inappropriate for age group" umbrella.

With that in mind, Bookshelf Stores and Mountain Forge are hosting a scavenger hunt to celebrate Banned Books Week next week in Truckee.

Several businesses have purchased books that have been challenged or banned, and The Bookshelf will put clues on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for you to guess where they are. You can either take the book once found or leave it for someone else.

The reason a book is challenged will be written prominently on the cover, i.e. "cursing" or "sexual content." Age group is 12 and up.

The Bookshelf will also give a 10 percent discount on many banned books in store during that week. They will be wrapped in bright yellow caution tape. Stop by the store to see what childhood favorite might be on the list … or maybe what they are reading at Sierra College, that is on the list … or even a recommended title on a summer reading list that someone else might consider offensive.

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Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you wish! There are many places in the world where freedom to read is not an option.

Deborah F. Lane is owner of The Bookshelf in Truckee is located at 11429 Donner Pass Road, Suite 2, in the Westgate Shipping Center near Wild Cherries. According to its website, The Bookshelf will stay open through October 2016 before shutting down the business. Visit bookshelfstores.com.