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Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Resident Ann Lhota said she requested the book when it reached the top spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for graphic novels. Lhota believes the library’s decision is political.” (via Gainsville Sun)

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Sex ed books pulled from library shelves at Rainier elementary school

“A sex education book full of illustrations depicting sexual acts is creating quite the controversy at a Hudson Park Elementary School in Rainier.Parents said the book was shown to their kids without their permission, and now the school is pulling the book from library shelves. The book in question, titled “It’s Perfectly Normal,” touts itself as a children’s book for ages 10 and up, that talks all about changing bodies, sex and sexual health.” (via KPTV)

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“On the latest list of books most objected to at public schools and libraries, one title has been targeted nationwide, at times for the sex and violence it contains, but mostly for the legal issues it raises. The Bible.” (via The Associated Press)

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Schools continue to grapple with ‘Huckleberry Finn’

“After The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, the book was boycotted in some places in the United States for portraying friendship between a black man and a white boy. “In its time, it was derided and censored,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which tracks challenges to books. (via Philly.com)

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I’m a Librarian Who Banned a Book. Here’s Why

“In the library world, access to information is a human right, not to be tampered with or controlled in any way. The books that line the shelves have been carefully selected by a trained librarian to offer the reader a balanced approach to all topics – that is, we try to provide all points of view, whether or not we personally agree with them. While this may anger some people and some groups, a balance in points of view is what any good library finds essential. Occasionally, some offended person asks to have a title withdrawn from being used, which is called a “challenge”; occasionally, these challenges are successful.” (via Gizmodo)

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