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More details on the challenge to Scars

Through Kids Right to Read/ABFFE, which contacted the Boone County Public Library in Kentucky about the challenge to Scars, we’ve been told that:

“…after they got the patron complaint, they put together a panel of librarians (YA librarian, children’s adult – several others; a good range), who convened a meeting to discuss the validity of the challenge. They have already made the decision but have yet to tell the complainer about it…and don’t want it getting out yet,…[so] they didn’t divulge the outcome.” We were told “that no book has ever been pulled from that library.” We’re also told that we’ll know the outcome in a day or so.

We also found out that “the patron complained because of the content,” believing “that the book could contain triggers for self-harming teens or those who used to harm themselves but no longer do.” Perhaps there is the unfounded fear that “This could make kids cut themselves!” (a ridiculous assertion) or perhaps it’s a relatively (if misguided) legitimate concern from a parent or teen.”


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  2. Kathy Quimby Says:

    Sounds to me like this patron, who seems to have acted out of a concern that at least has to do with thinking of other people, doesn’t understand that while not every book is for every reader, it’s not up to patrons to decide what books are available to other readers.

  3. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    I agree, Kathy–it’s up to each of us to decide what we will read or not read. Not for others to decide for us!

  4. June Says:

    I think this patron meant well, but he or she doesn’t have the clinical knowledge base to understand that a person without underlying issues is not going to influenced in that manner.
    A book can’t be pulled with the fear that a few might. The psychodynamics involved are more complex than that.

  5. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    I agree. And each person deals with self-harm their own way–though many of us find it helps to know that we’re not alone.

  6. Heidi Ayarbe Says:

    Cheryl RAinfield is a fearless author, and I believe these librarians will be fearless as well. Not every book is for every reader, no doubt. But that’s not something anybody else should decide for me or my child.
    Banning books, censorship, and pulling books off shelves is a scary thing. I’m pulling for SCARS … backing this library that, I believe, will come forward to do the right thing.

  7. Cheryl Rainfield Says:

    Thank you, Heidi. I agree–librarians are amazing, and often fearless. And you’re right, not every book is for every person, but we should each have the choice. I think censorship and banning books is scary, too. Thank you so much for your support!

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