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Don’t ban these books

  • The Peterborough Town Library is hosting a Banned Book reading on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Peterborough Town Library is hosting a Banned Book reading on Thursday. Here, Assistant Director Mary Hubbard holds up “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a book often challenged or banned from public collections. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Peterborough Town Library is hosting a Banned Book reading on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 5:59PM

“To Kill A Mockingbird.” “The Kite Runner.” “Huckleberry Finn.” All classic works of fiction; all, at one time or another, banned from libraries, schools and other public collections. In fact,“Huckleberry Finn” was banned just a month after its publication. The cause? Mark Twain used the word “sweat” instead of “perspiration,” and that just wasn’t proper.

Of course, in later years, people took more offense to the use of the n-word and the portrayal of black people in the story. But even something that offensive is important to acknowledge, said Peterborough Town Library Assistant Director Mary Hubbard.

“We can’t whitewash our history,” Hubbard said “because if we do, we lose perspective and understanding of ourselves and what has happened before, and we lose any direction on how to move forward as a civilization, as a culture, as an individual.”

Tonight at 7 p.m., the library will celebrate Banned Book Week by hosting community members to read from some of their favorite books, banned over the years. Rev. Jamie Hamilton, Mary Catherine Bateson, Olivia Wolpe, Jamie Trowbridge and Frank Corrado are among the readers.