Tuesday, September 18, 2007

An interesting form of censorship

Here's an idea: if you are horrified by the contents of a book at your local library, check it out - and keep it. Refuse to give it back. Heck, if there's more than one copy, take them all! And keep them. That's what this woman did, in the name of taking the offending books out of circulation.

I don't know why things like this perpetually astonish me. I don't have a problem with a library patron challenging a book in a library's collection. All libraries have (or should have) a policy in place for dealing with challenges, for taking a close look at a book and seeing if it is truly deserving of a place in the library's collection.

But I guess if you don't want any sort of dialog or discussion, it's better just to take the book and keep it.


  1. That's definitely one way to do it. At least she acknowledges that her actions have increased interest in the book.

  2. for some reason, this is really hilarious to me! maybe because the name of the book is "it's perfectly normal." it's a fun juxtaposition to the situation.

  3. Hmm, I left a comment here in reply to literary feline yesterday, but it's not here. I hope that library patron didn't check it out!

    I think what I said was that these stories always increase interest in the book, and it seems odd to me that people persist in kicking up such a fuss when it tends to result in more people reading the book rather than fewer...

    ...and you know Molly's going to run out and read it, since she likes the title so much. Shall I put it on hold for you at the library? :-) You are right, though - it definitely adds pizazz to the story!

  4. Sigh. Why do people persist in trying to be the morality police for all their neighbors?

  5. As my southern husband would say, "this leaves me gob-smacked"


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