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!