Georgia libraries celebrate First Amendment during Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week begins today, spotlighting current and past efforts to censor books in public libraries and schools and celebrating the first amendment rights of Americans to read those books.

In Cobb County, the library system will be giving students an opportunity to explore books that are banned.

Cobb County students can visit the South Cobb Library to learn more about Banned Books Week at a self-directed scavenger hunt for teens.

Teens can search for all of the hidden QR codes around the teen space, scan each one, and learn about a recently challenged or banned book from 2021. Find each one and earn a prize.

This program is for teens.

Banned Books Week is a national observance that launched in 1982 in response to efforts at that time to ban books.

More information about the national observance here:

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