When the Pima County Public Library gets a request to ban a book, Richard DiRusso and other librarians from the library's collections development office make the decision.
"Our staff is really good about working with the public to get them to understand people's right to read any materials and have access to it," DiRusso said.
"It's just our ethics as librarians to provide access to information," DiRusso said.
Librarians at the library study and research challenged books before making the appropriate decision. Nonfiction books must contain false or harmful information in order to qualify for a ban, while fiction works are very unlikely to be removed.
However, these rules may not hold true in the classroom environment.
Farid Matuk, University of Arizona assistant professor of creative writing and former high school English teacher, said that the main difference in a classroom setting is the educator's partnership with families and parents.
"Parents feel like they have a much more protective role," Matuk said.
He said that while he tries to offer more challenging texts, educators must also be responsible for the kids, what they have in the classroom and what they teach.
Banned Books Week runs through Sept. 22-28. For more information visit their website.