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Readers around the country are raising awareness during a campaign for banned books. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has more on the mission of Banned Book Week.

NATIONWIDE -- During the last week of September, book stores and libraries around the country participate in Banned Book Week.

The celebration raises awareness for the right to read and also acknowledges censorship problems.

New books are challenged in different schools and libraries every year. The Banned Book Campaign began in 1982, and more than 11,300 books have been challenged. Some best sellers are on that list, including "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.

The books are challenged for several reasons, including offensive language, violence religious viewpoint, drugs, and other explicit material.

In 2012, there have been 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom.

According to librarians, it's important to make people aware that information is free, and to take advantage of displays that are set up during this week every year.

"They basically more or less want to push their point of view. The library's role is to make all points of view available to whoever wants to read so we would like to keep everything available so that all points of view are represented," said Sarah Reid, Broome County Library Youth Services Head.

Some of the ten most challenged titles of 2012 include "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher, "Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell, and J"ustin Richardson and Beloved" by Toni Morrison.

Banned Book Week 2013 officially comes to a close on Friday, but there are many more books on the list. Head to www.bannedbookweek.org.

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