October 05, 2012

Staff with Books (for the last time)

Sarah B., Library Support Assistant in Circulation, reads Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  The series as a whole has been challenged on the basis of witchcraft/occultism, satanism, and violence.  Instead of asking when was it banned, a more accurate question would be to ask, when hasn't it been challenged: the titles are on the lists for both decades and appear regularly on annual lists.

Sarah M., Adult Services Librarian, reads And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson's picture book.  All the way up at 4 on the list of Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009, And Tango Makes Three was also the Number One* challenged book between 2006 and 2010 (*actually number 2 in 2009, second to Lauren Myracle's ttyl series).  The challenges have been based on "anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group."

Suzie, Library Assistant in Technical Services, reads Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene.  The work has appeared on both decade top-100 lists, as well as intermittent annual lists, for "offensive language, racism, sexually explicit"

Information on these challenges can be found here, here, and here.  [see Blog Policy Information.]

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