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Don't Mess with Texas Library. (Censorship Watch)

Magazine article American Libraries

Don't Mess with Texas Library. (Censorship Watch)

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The newly expanded materials-review committee of the Montgomery County (Tex.) Library System decided in March not to pull Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block and Desire Lines by jack Gantos, both of which had been challenged over what was deemed the promotion of homosexuality, promiscuity, and anti-Christian sentiment (AL, Mar., p. 15). The complainants, according to MCLS Director Jerilynn Williams, are the same people whose challenge of the Robie H. Harris sex-education books It's Perfectly Normal and It's So Amazing triggered a protracted controversy that culminated last fall in five citizens joining five librarians on the reconsideration committee. Williams has repeatedly declined to identify the complainants.

The committee has, however, approved the removal of one other book, Castro! by Don E. Beyer, a title that Williams said was brought to her attention by a patron concerned about the 1993 book's accuracy. "There is no place for inaccurate material in the library," Williams said in the March 21 Conroe Courier. Additionally, the group ordered the relocation of the audio book The Upper Room from the young-adult shelves to the adult section on an upper floor because of its mature language. …

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