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Poetry Slams Book Bans


A poetry reading at UW-Rock County challenges the idea of banning books.

Faculty at the school hope to spread awareness of the issue during, national banned books week.   One professor pulled out the childrens' classic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, a book that once faced challenges from schools in Wisconsin.  Dr. Pruitt says no book should ever be banned under any circumstance, and he hopes his poetry slam hits that idea home with students.

"It opens up a dialogue. It gets us to communicate with one another, understand each other's interests, and biases, and prejudices so we can actually discuss them rather than fight about them,: explained Dr. John Pruitt, English professor.

Other books banned throughout the years include Tom Saywer, Alice in Wonderland, and the Catcher in the Rye.

These days, it is rare for a book to be banned. The UW-Rock County library director says in his career, he's never had to face this issue.

Dr. Pruitt says people need to be aggressive to keep it that way.   Currently no books are banned in Rock County.

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