We’re in the year 2012, right? We live in a free country, right? Sure you can buy Fifty Shades of Grey at most book stores. But you may not be able to borrow it from your library. Below are a few stories about the book banning, or in some cases the refusal to purchase.
Why libraries banning Fifty Shades of Grey is bad for the public if it’s what THEY want to read.
And of course the book banning/non-purchasing by libraries is extending past Florida, according to the Seattle Times.
According to Wikipedia public libraries are mandated to serve the public’s information needs. Additionally, public libraries are funded by the public. So when did we start to allow a bunch of prudish men and women decide what we can and can’t read? We are talking about the New Times Best Selling novels, not some run of the mill book that no one knows about.
Middle class and rich woman in New York City and California can afford the book if they can’t get it at the library, they’re simply hampered by long waiting lists. But for the lower classes, where putting food on the table is the priority, $30 makes a difference. These are the people who should have this book available to them. They are paying taxes that are funding their library and they should absolutely have a say in whether these books are available.
If your library refuses to make the books available, tell them you want the books. Don’t be shy. If no one speaks out then they’ll continue to forget who the library is there for!
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