Banned Copies Of Fifty Shades Of Grey Returning To Shelves
By Jessica Grabert 2012-05-26 17:12:15
I think a good percentage of the population is just happy when a book is on the shelves and getting people into reading, even if it also sells sex toys in the process. In Brevard County, Florida, however, the opposite seemed to hold true. Although 19 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey were ordered by the Brevard County Public Library, none of those copies ever made it to the shelves. The book was effectively banned. What perhaps is worse is how the subject matter and so-called “quality” of the title seemed to fail to get anyone to do anything about it for a number of weeks.
Eventually, enough complaints and requests came through that the library system decided to give the idea of keeping Fifty Shades of Grey a go. According to USA Today, a petition was even put together that eventually garnered over 2,000 signatures requesting the book be returned to the shelves. It’s fitting the library came to this decision, because despite continual banning of titles, banning books is never good for a library system and totally goes against everything ALA stands for. According to the Brevard County Commission Chair, Chuck Nelson, after much talk, the county library has decided the book will soon be available to library patrons.
“I never want to be in a position where we appear to be censoring or banning books."
The library went on the record initially to state it was a mistake to have ever bought the book and removing it occurred because the library did not feel the book met its selection criteria. The problem is, the library did buy the title and the library did initially feel the book belonged. The fact 19 copies instead of one or two were bought highly attests to that. Even if a librarian feels he or she might have made a mistake, once a book is bought, it's bought. It’s a bigger mistake to effectively ban the wildly popular title from getting read.