Controversial book returned to Columbia County Library

 

 

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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