What do the books "Slaughterhouse Five," "To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and the "Harry Potter" novels have in common?  They were all banned books by certain school systems and libraries at one time.

Other classic books that were also banned at some point were "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson, and "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, and is held during the final week of September.

Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harm of censorship.  Reading different points of view broadens our horizons and allows us to take a new look at problems facing society.

Many of the books on the banned list were controversial.  Many also have stood the test of time as great literature.

So read a book this week.  Better yet, read a book that was once banned for some reason.  It could make you look at things a little differently.