“The vast majority of cases that we deal with have to do with removing books to keep kids from seeing them,” [Bertin] said. “That’s what makes this so egregious. There are some possible arguments for trying to keep kids away from certain kinds of content, but in the case of adults, other than the restrictions on obscenity and child pornography, there’s simply no excuse. This is really very much against the norms in the profession.”
Vintage, which is part of Random House, said in a statement, “Random House fervently opposes literary censorship and supports the First Amendment rights of readers to make their own reading choices. We believe the Brevard County Public Library System is indulging in an act of censorship, and essentially is saying to library patrons: We will judge what you can read.”
It’s a sad day when you read about an instance of censorship where the library itself is the complainant. What’s going on, people? What happened to that good ol’ librarian upholding-people’s-freedom-to-read integrity?
If the people desire mindless, PWP, lemon-flavored smut — give them the smut!