If you're wondering what the books "Catch-22," "The Great Gatsby" and "The Lord of the Rings" have in common, the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library can help you out.
These books were all once challenged to be censored and fall into the category of "banned books." These books and more are topics of monthly banned books discussions at the library.
Library Director Cassandra Thompson said the library offers materials for all people. She said having discussions of these books allows people to read and form their own opinion of the books.
"It gives an opportunity to look at banned books and explore why they were challenged in the first place," Thompson said.
The monthly discussion at the library began after last year's Banned Book Week activities. Thompson said the discussions went over so well they decided to continue them throughout the year. She said there will also be special events planned for this year's Banned Book Week Sept. 22 through 28.
September's discussion will be Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. on "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeleine L'Engle.
Thompson said the classic was originally challenged for themes of witchcraft and sorcery and it's religious perspectives. She said many books that have been highly regarded works of literature have been challenged by people who disagree with the content. Next month's reading will be "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut.
Thompson said the most important part of the meeting is the opportunity it gives to discuss books.
"That's what makes reading so much fun, being able to share it with people," she said. "You may disagree, but it's always fun to talk about your experience."
Thompson said people looking to share reading experiences with other like-minded people should participate in the monthly discussions.
"People should come if they love literature and love to read a lot of classic literature," she said.
The library also hosts a books to movies discussion group on the third Tuesday of the month with a September discussion on Lincoln.