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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  • by Mark Twain Location: The Delta on Jun 1, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    E.L. James, the author of "Fifty Shades of Grey", would like to personal thank all of you do-gooder's and busybody's for the money generated from all the free publicity. It's rolling right in. BTW you might want to check out some of the others books in the library. I know you defenders of "all that is good and decent" are not well read, but I'm willing to bet the historical romance section has some pretty racy stuff that's in need of censoring.
  • by RU4Real on Jun 1, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    Nobody is telling anyone that they can't read the book; after all, bookstores in town sell it and you can order online. However, I do think some lines should be drawn on what is easily accesible to children in a public library. Perhaps these books could be kept behind the desk and adult patrons could ask for them and check them out. That seems like a reasonable compromise.
  • by DaveV Location: PC on Jun 1, 2012 at 04:21 AM
    Anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451? We are getting closer to that aren't we. If we got rid of everything that offended someone there would be nothing left. You can't make everyone happy, somethings are going to be offensive to you, get over it!
  • by finette on May 31, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    "Literary standards of the American Library Association"?! As a librarian and ALA member, I can assure you that there is no such thing. Excluding the book based on some arbitrary standard would be anathema to everything we're supposed to stand for.
  • by Jennifer Location: Panama City on May 31, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    Who the hell do you think you are telling me what I can and cant read? I find your bible an offensive collection of child molestation, drunkeness, mistreatment of women, and abuse. I would never suggest tell you that I think you cannot read it because it is filth!
  • by puddintang Location: panama city on May 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    a book for the ol'spank bank.
  • by Silly on May 31, 2012 at 08:51 AM
    Oh no, Kathy, the Bible is not offensive except to those who don't want to follow it. It exposes your little fantasy world. Books like shaded of grey need to be gotten rid of permanently. What good are they, what do they contribute to society? I can answer that and so can you, if you are truthful. Nothing, they do nothing for society and are worthless. Ban the book, our kids do not need to read it, they have enought to read and look at already courtesy of parents like Kathy.
  • by AndTheSheepGoesBaahhh Location: pc on May 31, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    Lucky for us the gov. is here to protect us from ourselves.
  • by TheDoctor on May 31, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    Wow, really there Kathy, banning the book. We do not need to ban any books that are to be placed in a library. If you don't wish to read the book then by all means don't check it out. If we go by what you say, then there are hundreds if not thousands of books that need to be removed because of the content, one of the biggest offenders is the Bible, there is rape, incest, mass killings, and other very bad things that happens within the pages, but it has yet to be banned. The answer isn't to ban the book, the answer it allow this book and any other. Why is it up to the public library to impose morals on the rest of the community. That is something that is up to the individual and parents that are teaching children. As far as the book goes, I have read it and it is tame in the regards of the subject matter. It is also nicely written and talks about a community that is normally made fun of or misunderstood by most of society.
  • by kathy Location: pcb on May 31, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    it is the responsible thing to do. banning is not a bad thing. it is necessary. decency is is an integral part of a society that succeeds. the public library does not have an obligation to cater to people who want filth, and shouldn't.
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