Controversial book returned to Columbia County Library

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 3:22 PM
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A controversial book returned to the Columbia County Library shelves Tuesday after it was removed this month for having an obscene title and text laced with profanity.

Adam Mansbach’s Go the ... to Sleep, a New York Times best-seller, was taken out of circulation nearly two weeks ago after a patron complained about coarse language found throughout the book, said library Director Mary Lin Maner.

The adult satire, which puts a twist on the traditional bedtime story, was filed downstairs in the new book section, situated in a back corner.

“It was in the adult section, and (a) child was wandering around the adult section with no supervision,” Maner said.

After receiving the complaint, Maner said, she followed the library’s protocol and notified the East Central Georgia Regional Library director.

The regional board then formed a committee that decided Tuesday morning the work can remain in the library.

The book, Maner said, has been quite popular since it was added to the library’s assortment of literature.

“It came out in August and has been checked out ever since we got it,” said Maner, adding that Mansbach’s book had great reviews.

When choosing what new literary works to put into the library, Maner said, a team of employees, all of whom have library science degrees, read the book, browsed reviews and checked The New York Times best-seller list.

“If we censored, we wouldn’t have anything on our shelves,” she said.

Since she took over as library director in July 2009, Maner said, this is the first time a patron has asked that a book be removed.

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Ral Zarek
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Ral Zarek 11/22/11 - 05:54 pm
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Anyone that has ever had

Anyone that has ever had children understands the sentiments of "Go The F*** To Sleep". I'm glad the Columbia County Library kept it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/22/11 - 05:58 pm
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I don't want to see books

I don't want to see books censored but some need to stay away from kids...if the child was in the adult section I would say the parent wasn't paying attention.

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Jake 11/22/11 - 06:17 pm
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"Fun with Dick and Jane" was

"Fun with Dick and Jane" was always one of my favorites.

specsta
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specsta 11/22/11 - 06:37 pm
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One patron complained and a

One patron complained and a book was removed from the PUBLIC library shelves (emphasis on the public)? And this book was in the adult section? Removed because one little miscreant was wondering around without a parent present and this required the convening of a regional library committee?

This must be a real-life "twilight zone", better known as the CSRA.

I wonder - if a patron complained about the Bible being on the shelf, with all of its stories of murders, genocide, adultery, slavery, incest, torture, etc. contained within - would it be removed as well?

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Riverman1 11/22/11 - 06:40 pm
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We can soon buy booze in

We can soon buy booze in Columbia County on Sundays and now we can have books in the library with cuss words. We be bad.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/22/11 - 06:44 pm
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Still think the Audio book

Still think the Audio book read by Samuel L Jackson is funnier than the book itself. I guess if the persons child wandered in the opposite sex's restroom they would want us to pee outside.

yakirz
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yakirz 11/22/11 - 11:06 pm
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If you don't want to read it,
Unpublished

If you don't want to read it, DON'T READ IT!!!

But keep your morals out of everyone else's lives! Don't bring your kid to the library if he/she is so fragile that words will destroy them.

allhans
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allhans 11/22/11 - 11:22 pm
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I say that to my kids every

I say that to my kids every night. Why the ...not?

It's the way of the 21st century. No sense in holding the little ....s back.

Oh well. I know. My children are all adults now. :-)

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 11/23/11 - 02:16 am
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Shame on you all!! (Sarcasm
Unpublished

Shame on you all!! (Sarcasm intended)

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