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On Sept. 22, Cook told two of her colleagues at the library about her dilemma, and Beth Boisvert made a decision. She would take the book off hold, thus disallowing the child — or the child's parents — ever to see the book.

On Sept. 23, both Cook and Boisvert were fired. They were told by library director Ron Critchfield the firings were a decision of the library board.


not only did ms. Cook broke all sorts of privacy and access rules, but afterwards, when she, as a community member, brought the library a request to withdraw the book in question (as any community member has a right to do), ms. Cook, as a member of the library committee that reviews such requests for withdrawal, had friends and fellows surround her and pray over her while she read the book in question (triple exclamation point here !!!), since she had not read it.

btw, the book in question is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, a graphic novel written by Alan Moore.  I have not read it, but I'll be requesting my local library purchase it.  of course

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  1. Ugh I am so sick of people who think it's their business to "protect" everyone from what THEY deem harmful. Mind your own business.
    And 10 and 11 year olds have to be accompanied by an adult in the library?

  2. And 10 and 11 year olds have to be accompanied by an adult in the library?probably, but the girl who requested the book did so under her own name, with her own library card. however, a parent has to sign for a minor to get her own card, and when they do, parents are advised that the library will not act in their behalf (in loco parentis) to question, censor, or withhold materials from their li'l darlings.

  3. I checked that same book out of my library shortly after it came out. It was pretty explicit. I chose to return it unread, but think it should be available for other adults to read if they're interested in such things.

  4. I'm not sure what Ohio does, but here in KY, a parent or guardian has the choice of not allowing the child to have her own card. the system we have here is designed to make sure the responsibility of reviewing or allowing materials to a minor child is the parents.I haven't read this one, but Alan Moore is possibly not appropriate for a child that young. maybe. at age 11 I was reading Nabokov's Lolita. it didn't damage me (too) much. I also didn't get a lot of the literary artistry, but I got the point.

  5. I usually enjoy Alan Moore, but he's really taken a turn for the perverted recently. I was very surprised to find The Black Dossier at my library. They didn't have a copy of Lost Girls, though. Someone would've been fired over that one.

  6. Hmmm. It's a difficult thing to avoid censorship while still trying to protect …..delicate sensibilities?……11 seems very young for some of that stuff. I was busy reading about the torturing and maiming and killing of wild horses at that age. But, it was really none of this woman's business to be making this decision single-handedly……oh, she prayed about it?…alright then! :P We all know that praying always makes everything alright. :P (sarcasm!)

  7. I pretty much ran wild reading everything in sight from about 8 or 9 on.Of course, they weren't visual at all…Depends on the kid.If it is too much for her, she'd probably just return it unread.And frankly none of this lady's business.

  8. That is very strange. If she was concerned she could have mentioned something to the parents and left it to them to make the decision.

  9. I can understand limiting some titles to an adult ticket. But the process has to be transparent, a single person secretly making the selection and then without reading it!!!

  10. I think that preventing an 11 year old from reading something would fall under the duties of the parents. IMHO.

  11. What exactly were they praying for/about? It's a book. A work of literature. Everyone should have the right to read it or not. No one should be able to censor that right.

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