A Library’s Approach to Books That Offend

NYTimes.com – “If you go to the Brooklyn Public Library seeking a copy of “Tintin au Congo,” Hergé’s second book in a series, prepare to make an appointment and wait days to see the book. “It’s not for the public,” a librarian in the children’s room said this month when a patron asked to see it.”

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One Response to “A Library’s Approach to Books That Offend”

  1. Chris Warren
    August 24, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    One assumes that there are some criteria applied to the censorship of books in the Brooklyn Public Library, as I imagine there are in all libraries. However, it would be good to know what these are and to have them explained by librarians. I’m not sure that “It’s not for the public” would have been sufficient explanation for me – I mean, someone might arbitrarily decide that my recent book is not for the public because it has magic in it and they don’t believe in or don’t like books with magic in them! That would make me sad.

    Chris Warren
    Author and Freelance Writer
    Randolph’s Challenge Book One – The Pendulum Swings

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