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I've seen some (IMHO) ridiculous reasons for banning books before, but this one takes a prize.

What do you all think?

If you're interested, the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom keeps track of challenged books. If you'd like to read more about the list you can, here. From that link you can also find some lists.


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The bookshop is acting like a horse's arse (also featured on the cover), IMO.


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One wonders if they have museums in BC.


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BC Ferries sounds like a name that's ban-worthy, IMHO.


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Agreed, z. That's a really good point. Have they ever enjoyed a Rodin? They'd better not travel to France...or to Chicago, for that matter.

Your link, CW, about banned books was eye opening as well, particularly the one with classic books.
 
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There was a story in today's paper about some cities actually hiring a private firm to run their libraries for profit. How do they do that? Charge you to take out a book? Entrance fee? Cut salaries?

Here is one blogger's take on the situation.


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As you can imagine, the issue of privately owned libraries replacing public libraries is a hot topic in my profession. That blogger shared a lot of the buzz that's going around - sheer outrage that it's even being considered by some communities. There is a lot of confusion in my own town, actually, about how we get our funding, as we are not a government agency, but we are publicly funded. We do get money from the state in Ohio, but that does not meet all of our needs and our local levy (a replacement is on the ballot this November) is slightly more than half of our operating costs. Last year the city budget was re-vamped and people were confused as to why our library didn't get money from that. It's all confusing, I guess.

Anyway, they apparently are making money by changing the benefits, getting rid of unionization and so forth. I have no idea where the funding is coming from there. Many locals are quite angry about the change, and rightly so, IMHO.

I'd be interested in hearing more opinions from this group.


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I'm not a lawyer but I wonder how exactly another entity can assume jurisdiction and end a union agreement unilaterally. I know every time a company was sold while I was in my union, the new owners had to accept the union already in place.


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It's all a mystery, really, Proofreader, as the media seems to only be giving us smidgens of information, as usual. I'm sure there will be some articles in my professions journals soon, or there may already have been and I've missed them.

On a related note, we don't have any unionized staff in my own library system. Perhaps this is, in part, why I don't know as much about such things.


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There is a lot of confusion in my own town, actually, about how we get our funding, as we are not a government agency, but we are publicly funded.
I'd always thought libraries were governmental agencies. I was also surprised when I recently heard that the post office hasn't been funded by the government for years. Perhaps there needs to be more education out there on our government. If people understood how these organizations work, maybe they wouldn't be as critical.
 
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When we first moved here over 40 years ago, there were about ten to fifteen post office receptacles within a circle about a mile in diameter near us. Today I can only find three, one of which is in an industrial park partially hidden between two large bushes in a company's driveway. This loss of boxes began about three months after the Post Office became a semi-private agency, and was accomplished with little or no publicity.


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