A censorship scandal has arisen over Newbury Medal-winning children’s book The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron because the book includes the name of a body part, specifically “scrotum.” What’s shocking about this is that librarians are actually pulling the book off the shelves themselves whereas librarians are generally defenders against such ludicrous attempts at censorship. The story is covered at librarian.net and The New York Times. LISNews also has a roundup of commentary on the controversy.
Luckily we have some good librarian news to balance things out here in a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe in praise of local libraries. I haven’t said it here before but I’m in total agreement with Wendy Ahlborg. The Minuteman Library Network is awesome in every way.