This week, libraries and bookstores across the country are celebrating literary freedom during Banned Books Week. The American Library Association documented 513 challenged titles as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2008.
"A common notion about the banning of books is that it's something that happened ages ago. People are surprised to hear it still goes on," said Peter Schertz, co-owner of Maria's Bookshop.
The local store is marking Banned Books Week with a window display and special bookmarks in books whose titles have come under fire over the years from various groups and individuals.
Schertz cited most Harry Potter novels, The Lorax and many titles by John Steinbeck and Mark Twain among the most protested books.
Banned Books Week ends Saturday.