Banned books in the Friends’ sale?

What do The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings, and In Cold Blood have in common?

These titles, and more, are on the Banned and Challenged Book list compiled by the American Libraries Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom.

They could also be on stock at the Friends of the Kapaa Public Library used books and bake sale Oct. 4 and 5.

Before that though, those famous novels and more will be celebrated during Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 to 28, which is the national book community’s celebration of the freedom to read, according to the Banned Books Week website.

“These are classic books, and today is part of the week-long Banned Books Week,” said Lani Kawahara, manager of the Kapaa Library. “We’ve got some of the titles on the banned and challenged list on our shelves, but we’re not removing them. We don’t operate that way.”

The observance was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.

Since the inception of Banned Books Week, more than 11,300 books have been challenged with many more going unreported.

Kawahara said the Friends of the Kapaa Public Library are looking for volunteers to help with the two-day sale next week, which will include hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, Hawaiiana and more.

Patrons wishing to contribute books can drop them off at the front desk of the Kapaa Library, during work hours.

The sale opens to Friends members (new members can sign up at the sale for $5) on Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, the sale opens to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no admission fees being assessed.

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