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      Banned book week celebrated

      This is banned books week, designed to stress the importance of everyone's freedom to read any book. For more than 30 years, libraries and bookstores have celebrated banned books week.

      At the Birmingham Public Library, some banned youth books are on display in a replica fireplace, symbolizing book burnings that have taken place throughout history.

      In Gadsden, books were taken from behind yellow caution tape and are available at the public library.

      Librarians say it is important to recognize these literary works. They are encouraging patrons to check out and read some of these books this week.

      Some of the books that had been pulled from the shelves include "Harry Potter", "The Hunger Games", "The Color Purple" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."