Magazine article American Libraries

Montana Challenges Complicate Policy Review

Magazine article American Libraries

Montana Challenges Complicate Policy Review

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Challenges to four books at Lock-wood Middle School in Billings, Montana, may impact the school's challenged-book review policy--itself already under scrutiny as part of the school's scheduled assessment of the library curriculum.

Three books--The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand, and Alligators in the Sewer and Urban Legends, both by Thomas J. Craugh-well--were removed from the school library in December after a challenge by parent Becky Malenowsky, according to the March 15 Billings Gazette. Lockwood Middle School Librarian Johanna Freivalds told American Libraries that the books were removed because they did not adequately match the school's book-selection criteria due to the nature of some sexually explicit sections.

"Because of those books, a group of parents developed a sudden interest in looking at the books in the library," Freivalds told AL. Malenowsky challenged a fourth book, The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual by Mavis Jukes, a book written for boys approaching puberty that includes information on sexual development, which was reviewed and retained in January. …

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