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Public school libraries, partially due to their smaller size, cannot carry every book ever written. The idea is that the book titles in school libraries are carefully curated to include educational material of differing viewpoints to inspire both a love of learning and reading.

Most parents agree that school library material should be age-appropriate also. Hence why we don't have a section containing Playboy or Hustler magazines, and why the internet is restricted at schools to allow only age-appropriate content.

So, are we book banners? 

Here's what we are NOT doing:

  • We are NOT telling authors to stop publishing their work
  • We are NOT contacting public (non-school) libraries to censor their selections
  • We are NOT asking retailers to stop selling these books
  • We are NOT concerned with classic titles that the media wants you to believe (ie Catcher in the RyeTo Kill a Mockingboard etc etc)

Here's what we ARE doing:

  • We ARE asking districts to have a clear review process for books with extreme content (not all do)
  • We ARE seeking the titles with the most explicit content (graphics with images of sex etc) to be removed from school libraries OR at least placed in a restricted area that needs parental consent
  • We ARE proposing that "explicit content" stickers be placed on covers so parents have more knowledge of content (like cd's)
  • We ARE proposing an opt-in policy that would allow parents who want their child to access these books full access
  • We ARE working nationally to have a book-rating system that would give parents to make educated decisions

What are we so concerned about?

The titles below have varying degrees of obscene material including but not limited to:

  • Graphics showing sex acts (not in a medical/educational way)
  • Extreme profanity
  • Detailed descriptions of masturbation
  • Oral, anal & vaginal sex
  • Forced oral sex
  • Rape & sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Pedophilia
  • Teaching kids how to use sex apps, and what websites to use

Alden, Sweet Home, North Collins, Eden, Frontier, Iroquois

These districts carry a smaller number of the titles we researched. Please see below.

Title/Author Rating Districts
Tricks - Ellen Hopkins 5/5 Frontier, Alden, Holland
Sold - Patricia McCormick 5/5 Frontier, Holland, Iroquois
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 4/5 Frontier, Alden, N Collins, Iroquois
Identical - Ellen Hopkins 4/5 Frontier, Alden, Iroquois, N Collins
Perfect - Ellen Hopkins 4/5 Frontier, Alden, Holland, Iroquois
Tilt - Ellen Hopkins 4/5 Frontier, Holland
The Bluest Eye - Morrison 4/5 Frontier, Holland, N Collins, Alden
Flamer 3/5 Frontier
The Sun & Her Flowers 4/5 Sweet Home




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