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Library Reclassifies Graphic Novels

Earlier this week we brought you a story on how libraries are having issues with how to handle graphic novels.  In it we discussed the issue a Jessamine library was having with Alan Moore’s the Black Dossier, and the controversy surrounding it ended with the dismissal of two library employees.

Book BurningThe Lexington Herald-Leader brings us the news as to the libraries actions after holding a public hearing on the subject.  To solve the issue with graphic novels being “too close to the young adult fiction” section and being “too obscene for young readers and too similar to comic book material,” the issues will:

The graphic novel that got two employees fired and launched a book-banning campaign in Jessamine County is being recataloged, along with other graphic novels with mature themes, to the adult section of the library.

Over 100 people showed up to a public hearing to express their opinions about the material, the firing of the two employees, and censorship in general.  The library consulted lawyers on how the handle the situation and looked at censorship cases before making their final situation on how to handle the material.

Beth Cook didn’t seem entirely pleased with how the material will now be handled.

It would appear that the library is trying to soothe its tax base by moving the graphic novels.  This is a situation that already exists in other libraries and so is not a new nor creative solution. This very simple solution is one step in the right direction. We can hope that this is the first step in JCPL being more responsive to its tax base.

With the material now more difficult for children to obtain and parents having the ability to limit what their children can check out, we’re not quite sure what Cook had in mind.  Maybe a good ole book burning instead?

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