Topeka Speaker: Book Banning is a Problem

We hope you're part of the Big Read of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Tonight, a renowned expert on intellectual freedom says it's not book-burning, but book-banning that's the problem now.

Judith Krug of the Freedom to Read Foundation says dozens of books were banned from the nation's 119,000 libraries after hundreds of complaints.

Libraries have material selection standards, but Krug told Thursday's audience that library's missions are to provide anyone access to any information at any time.

"But there are people out there who say, 'I don't want you to read this because it's not accurate, or it's harmful, or it says the wrong thing or it doesn't agree with me," said Krug.

Krug also read her top 10 list of banned library books last year. You can read it on Ralph's blog.