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How Do Libraries Deal with Controversial or Challenged Books

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The American Library Association has compiled and released it's annual list of the most debated and most frequently challenged books. Valley News team's Eric Crest finds out what books are topping this years list and how public libraries deal with some of the controversy.


At the Moorhead Public Library you can find a book for everyone in the family.


"The Llama Mama the Fancy Nancy. We kinda talk about. But they like an assortment. There's so many to choose from," says Katie Gast a mother of two from Moorhead who frequents her local library.


But sometimes your kids just aren't ready for what's on the pages. Things that many parents would rather their children couldn't read about.


"For the most part if there's something with potty humor then we probably wouldn't have that in our house, cause we don't need to go there," says Gast.


But for some people keeping the book out of their home isn't enough. They want to see it out of public libraries all together.


"Winnie the Pooh has been a challenged book. The Lorax, Dr. Suess. There's all types of things that would surprise you," says Jenna Kahly the Youth Services Coordinator of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.


Only three books that made the top ten list of the most frequently challenged are in stock at the library today. They're obviously quite popular. Like the Captain Underpants series.


"They talk about boogers and farts and things like that so some people think that's inappropriate," says Kahly.


Fifty Shades of Gray made the list too. It's chalked full of explicit sexual content.


"Had one of the longest waiting lists last year of any book in our entire system," adds Kahly.


While these books were challenged time after time, they remain at the public library. So that anyone and everyone can enjoy or despise them.


"A public libraries collection should be reflective of all the different ideas beliefs and lifestyles that make up American culture. So just because something isn't appropriate for your family doesn't mean it's not good for somebody else," says Kahly.


"When they get to school I'm sure there is going to be certain books that they're sent home with or that they pick up at the library that we're gonna have to be like, ok this is inappropriate. Lets read a different one," adds Gast.


Can't get your fill of books that are controversial? We've included the full list of the most challenged books below.







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