i read banned books tee.jpgThe steps of San Francisco Public Library will be the setting today for a celebration of the freedom of the spoken, and sung, word.

The library is celebrating national Banned Books Week with a selection of readings and musical performances in the spirit of the First Amendment.

According to the library, more than 3,700 written complaints have been filed at U.S. libraries since 2001, asking that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

The American Library Association, which initiated Banned Books Week in 1982, estimates that for every written challenge, four or five remain unreported.

Today’s event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Main Library at 100 Larkin St.

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