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MANGA Yanked from Library Shelves
By News Editor
April 14, 2006
"Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics" by Paul Gravett.
© Laurence King Publishing
The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of suburban San Bernadino County, California, has ordered the county's libraries to remove Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics
from circulation. He called the book "obscene comics" and also stated the "book is absolutely inappropriate for a public library and as soon as I was made aware of it yesterday, I ordered it to be removed immediately."
Problems arose after a 16-year-old checked out the book and then teen's mother complained.
The County Library Collection Development Coordinator said in defense of the book, "It is the parents' responsibility since the library does not act as a parent. It is the library's responsibility to offer a broad spectrum of materials, not to exclude materials... Library policy affirms the American Library Association's Library Bill of rights, Freedom to Read, and Freedom to View statements." Click here
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