Readers respond: Ban censors, not books – OregonLive

Thank you, Miranda Doyle, for your Oct. 24 opinion piece “A social media uproar, a book challenge in Roseburg.” I grew up in a small Georgia college town with a library smaller than a 7-Eleven. There was no separate children’s section. I was a voracious reader, and no one – librarian, teacher or parent – ever told me what I could or couldn’t read. I attribute that little library to introducing me to lives and places far beyond my tiny world. My fascination with other cultures and love of learning eventually led me to earn a master’s degree in anthropology and a rewarding 25-year career as a librarian.
No one needs to fear the opening of a child’s mind. It might even lead to greatness. Jorge Luis Borges, Keith Richards, Susan Orlean, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan are only a few well-known people whose lives were shaped by libraries. Michelle Obama remembers her first trip to the library and how important she felt: “My library card was a key that unlocked a world of knowledge and experiences.” Albert Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Please, ban the censors, not the books. Let the kids read!
Faye Powell, Portland
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