In the (Democrat-)News

March 15, 2007

Here’s the report from Rachel Harper at the Democrat-News on last night’s Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. My favorite bit is a passage quoting John Carton, director of a local youth services agency, speaking on behalf of Fun Home and Blankets:

“He told of the personal identity issues of the characters in the books and the isolation the characters went through.

“He said it requires strength to go through those experiences.

“‘We should encourage those processes, not discourage them,’ Carton said. Isolation can be devastating to kids, he said.”

More on Marshall

March 15, 2007

Marshall Public Library director Amy Crump was kind enough to answer a couple of questions about last night’s Board of Trustees meeting via e-mail:

“Yes, the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees adopted the new Materials Selection Policy last night. As stated in October, they then re-examined the books Fun Home and Blankets in light of the new policy, in order to decide what action should be taken.

“Fun Home had been shelved with the adult biographies and will be returned to that spot. Blankets had been shelved with Young Adult materials and will be moved to the adult general fiction.

“The Marshall Public Library does not have a special section for graphic novels. They are shelved in the appropriate area (fiction, non-fiction).

“I just want to say that I am so pleased with all the Board’s hard work on this policy. They have written a policy that will enable the Marshall Public Library to continue to add quality literature to the collection for the foreseeable future.”

The contested books are back on the shelves, and the library has a policy in place that will help them respond to these kind of issues in the future. Everybody wins!

Fun Home, Blankets back on the shelf

March 15, 2007

The Democrat-News hasn’t posted its coverage of last night’s meeting of the Marshall, Mo. Public Library Board yet, but library director Amy Crump left a comment here that says:

“The Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees voted to return both ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Blankets’ to the library’s shelves on Wednesday, March 14, 2007.”

That’s great news, and I’ll try and e-mail Ms. Crump for more details.