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How Do I Ban an Oregon Public Library Book? Let Me Count the Ways.


The upcoming Banned Book Week, September 25 – October 2, 2010, gives us an excuse to wax poetically, briefly, with dignity, and without matches, on how to object, also with dignity and without matches, to a book in your public library. It’s quite easy:

Call, or
Visit, or
Connect to your library’s website.
Express your displeasure, with principled reasons,
And, simply, ask that your complaint about a book be heard (and responded to)
By the Library Director, Library Board and Library Managers.

For example, the Multnomah County Library offers many opportunities for you to communicate with the library’s Director and managers. Or, you can find your library at one of these Oregon library directories.

For more information on banned books:

1) Visit the American Library Association (ALA) Banned Books website.

2) The Oregon State Library has an information website about their Oregon Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse.

3) ACLU Oregon Banned Books Week website

4) Multnomah County Banned Books information website

(You’re on your own if you want to “ban” or otherwise “express your displeasure” with a book you own. If you don’t own the book and it’s not in your library, and you still want to “ban” it or otherwise “express your displeasure” with it, you are also on your own.)


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