Librarians are authors’ friends and their best advocates

I’d like to make some things clear.

Scars is still under review at Boone County Public Library. But it’s under review because a patron–a member of the public–made a challenge against Scars. The library has to review Scars because of this challenge.

I assumed that everyone would know that the complaint was made by a patron–that’s how it works. But apparently some people thought it meant that the library was challenging the book, and I’m sorry for any confusion!

Librarians are our advocates. They buy our books in the first place, and they fight for the right to keep our books on their shelves! I am so grateful for librarians–and especially grateful to Boone County Public Library for buying 4 copies of Scars in the first place, and then for letting me know about this challenge of Scars.

I certainly don’t want Scars removed from the shelves, and I will always fight censorship. But the censorship comes from individuals, the general public–who perhaps have their own prejudices, and maybe truths they can’t face. But I want to be clear: libraries and librarians are our friends and they fight for us in these situations.

I think it helps the library to have people stand up for Scars, for them to hear that there is such strong advocacy to keep Scars on the shelves. I’m hoping that with the power of our voices, we will help the Boone County library fight this challenge and keep Scars on their shelves.

So, please, if you contact the library, or write/blog about them, please remember that they are our *advocates* in this. Our allies and friends. And thank them for fighting to keep the book in their collection and available to the teens who want–and need–to read it.

And thank you so very much, everyone, for helping to fight censorship, and helping to make sure Scars isn’t removed. I am so grateful to you all!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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  2. B. A. Binns says:

    This is what I was tryingt o say earlier, librarians are our advocated, they put the book on the shelves in the first place. I understand your wanting to grab the publicity, but it helps to understand the process first so you don’t blame the people who are most on your side. Any library patron can lodge a complaint against any book, and they do so ALL THE TIME. That’s why libraries have a review process, and most of the time they find in favor of keeping the book. The difference in this case is that you found out your book was under review – usually theauthor never knows they have been reviewed and what the result is, the book either is on the shelves or is not. I guaranatee this book has been challenged before, and will be challenged again and again. I know mine has. But never, ever by librarians who have to face these battles every day.

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