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Harford County librarian comfortable with her decision not to carry “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Baltimore Sun – “Mary Hastler knew she was about to create a fuss, knew that, unfair as she might find it, people were going to label her the last thing a librarian wants to be called — censor. You don’t refuse to carry the most talked-about series of books in the country without anyone noticing. But as she read E.L. James’ erotic novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” on her iPad, Hastler couldn’t reconcile its words with the Harford County Public Library’s policy not to buy pornography. Hastler, the county’s library director, says she has no problem with your run-of-the-mill bodice-ripper. But she felt she was reading a step-by-step guide to bondage, and a poorly written one at that.”

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ by E. L. James, in Demand at Libraries

NY Times. – “It did not escape the notice of Tim Cole, the collections manager for the Greensboro Public Library in North Carolina, that “Fifty Shades of Grey” was “of mixed literary merit,” as he put it with a heavy helping of Southern politeness. He ordered 21 copies anyway.”

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Arizona Ethnic-Studies Ban’s Unintended Result: Underground Libraries

The Daily Beast – “Meet the Librotraficantes—the “book smugglers” protesting the state’s controversial ban on ethnic-studies classes—and putting Mexican-American works in students’ hands.”

More here, from the NYT

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HCC professor leading protest of Arizona schools’ book ban

Houston Chronicle – “A grass-roots caravan from Houston to Tucson – filled with writers, students and activists – will bring prohibited books back to Arizona over spring break. When Tony Diaz heard that Tucson schools had dismantled a popular Mexican-American studies program and yanked Hispanic history books from classrooms, he began organizing a protest. Adding fuel to his fire: Two of the titles now prohibited in Tucson classes were published by the University of Houston’s Arte Público Press. Diaz coined a word to describe his new mission: Librotraficante – or “booktrafficker.”

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Library computers can block porn—but Wicca? ACLU says no

Law and Disorder – “I work on occasion from my local public library, a wonderful spot with huge glass windows overlooking an attached park. The views are nice, the quiet is terrific, but the free Wi-Fi is indispensable. But the Internet connectivity comes with limits, in the form of a content filter that periodically prevents me from accessing research materials. Infuriating, yes. But illegal? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just filed a complaint (PDF) on behalf of a Salem, Missouri resident named Anaka Hunter, who contends that the Salem public library is unconstitutionally blocking her ability to access information on “minority” religious views. Federal and state law both govern libraries in Missouri, which are generally ordered to block access to obscene online material and child pornography. But the Salem library allegedly goes far beyond the mandate.”

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Banned in Boston, but not in Claremont

Contra Costa Times – “VILLAGE VENTURE, the street festival that represents the one day of the year Claremont welcomes outsiders (and their money), is Saturday. As a true Claremonter, that’s my cue to leave town. But I may have to hang around this time. Outside the Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., people will be reading aloud from banned books.
A project of the Friends of the Claremont Library, the Banned Books Readathon is a belated marking of September’s Banned Books Week. “We chose Village Venture because it’s a big event and a lot of people will see it,” Friends president Laura Bollinger told me.”

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Barbara Ehrenreich’s Neglected Heresies

LA Review of Books – “As the author of the perennially protested Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich knows a thing or two about being banned. But as Ehrenreich helps us wrap up Banned Books Week on the LARB blog, she clues us in to the cold, hard truth: getting banned isn’t always so easy.”

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Glendale school board may block ‘In Cold Blood’

LA Times – “The landmark 1966 literary nonfiction book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote may not make it onto a high school honors reading list in Glendale after obections were raised by a committee made up of school principals. The school board must approve the book before it can be taught; “I think ‘chilling’ is far too benign a word to use,” school board member Mary Boger said of it.”

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Mark Twain book returned to shelves at Charlton library

News Telegram – “It took 105 years, but the Charlton Public Library has finally made things right with Mark Twain. With a unanimous vote Tuesday night, the library board of trustees put “Eve’s Diary” back in circulation, reversing the board’s 1906 decision to ban the author’s 1905 short story. “It was more of a symbolic gesture,” said Richard Whitehead, the library trustee who shepherded the work, written in the style of a diary kept by Eve — yes, that Eve — back on to the shelves, in a telephone interview yesterday. “Certainly the book could have gone back in circulation earlier.”

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Missouri local school board ends ban on Slaughterhouse Five

Reuters – “A school board in southwest Missouri on Monday restored two books it had banned from public schools for being contrary to teachings in the Bible. The Republic School Board voted 6-0 to make the two books – “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Twenty Boy Summer” – available to students for independent reading as long as they are kept in a secure section of the school library. Only parents or guardians can check them out.”

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