Bay County Considers Book Ban

By: Chad Mira
By: Chad Mira

Panama City - A controversial new erotic fiction novel has Bay County officials questioning whether or not to put it on library shelves. The book Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned from numerous libraries around the country already.

The sexual content of the book has a review board looking into the novel before putting it on Bay County Library shelves. The library has the book, but is not releasing it to the public yet. A review board is reading the novel and will report back to the library director with it's recommendation. It will base it's recommendation on the literary standards of the American Library Association.

This is a very rare process that Assistant County Manager Bob Majka says only happens once every couple years. And up until this point books have only gone under reconsideration if someone complained about it.

"In this case we're utilizing the same process to review a book before it actually goes into the collection and that's based upon what we've seen going on in other counties with libraries. It's created a little concern in other communities," he said.


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