A local library celebrates the right to freely choose what books we can read in the United States.

Tulsa-area libraries are joining in the celebrations.

“I think we had about four, or five, or six programs past year”, said Mooy.

Out of 323 challenges reported to the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 includes a book authored by Bill Cosby. “But I have that right to do that, because it looks different to everyone”.

Numerous titles published by Simon & Schuster imprints have been banned or challenged over the years. Philip Jones is one of the library staffers who review materials that are challenged by library patrons. A challenge is a formal, written complaint requesting a book be removed from library shelves or school curriculum.

This week of events is allowing some recently renovated library branches to showcase their new features, including a teaching kitchen at the Roosevelt Thompson branch, which will host a cooking demonstration from a dish in the book “Like Water For Chocolate”.

According to the Banned Books Week website, “The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read”.

Wanda Huffaker, Salt Lake County Librarian, said she encourages people to read books and understand them. “We know that not every book is intended for every reader, but we want to make books available whether they’re on a banned list or not”.