Recently, a librarian posted a listserv question asking what to do about children and teens checking out Fifty Shades of Grey and other erotic works. Her library’s solution was to put Fifty Shades in the workroom where patrons have to ask for it, but now they’re wondering what to do about other, similar books. The question was posed, “Where is the line drawn between censorship and being interactive with patrons?”
According to ALA’s Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q & A, “Censorship occurs when expressive materials, like books, magazines, films and videos, or works of art, are removed or kept from public access.” I think that putting a book, any book, in the workroom and requiring patrons to ask for it is censorship. What do you think?
Amanda Goldson for the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee