Due to the uproar over titles like John Green's Looking for Alaska and Louise Rennison's Startled by His Furry Shorts, Garret Freymann-Weyr's My Heartbeat and Sonya Sones' One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, the city commissioners of Leesburg voted 4-1 to (if I'm understanding the article correctly) split the young adult collection into a "high school" young adult collection and an-unnamed-but-again-I-assume "younger" young adult collection.
I think it's odd that this is all going on during Banned Books Week and yet the story doesn't seem to have made it into the more mainstream news -- especially when it seems that there are some who are calling for the books in question to not just be moved, but pulled from the library altogether:
So MOVING the books in question is overkill, but REMOVING the books in question is not? I guess not, because the books that would be removed are indecent, at least according to the standards of the people raising the challenge. So obviously everyone else in town must have those same standards.
I think that's what is being suggested here.
[A few minutes later:
But then this article makes it all even more complicated: It sounds like the group isn't asking for the books to be removed altogether, but for them to be marked with a "Mature Audiences" sticker. While the library seems comfortable enough with the Two YA Sections Compromise, they are not comfortable with a "MA" section: because a split by age range wouldn't pass judgment on the content, while a "MA" section would.
Conversely, the group of challengers wants a "MA" section for exactly that reason (I think), so that everything they deem to be vulgar would be found in one place*, and they also want to create a committee which would, going forward, decide what books would be relegated to the "MA" section. WHEW. I think I have it straight now.]
*Which, one assumes (judging by my father's stories about using his childhood church's LIST OF MOVIES GOOD CATHOLICS MUST NEVER, EVER WATCH as a list of recommended viewing), would quickly become THE MOST POPULAR SECTION EVER.
Every book leaves a mark on you. But the ones (yes, I'm incapable of picking just one) that brought about the most obvious change in my life are the Amelia Peabody novels by Elizabeth Peters. I'd fallen madly in love with them and was tearing through them one after another. When I ran out and realized I'd have to wait an entire year for the next installment to be published, I was dismayed and wondered if I should try writing something of my own to help the time pass more quickly. Soon thereafter (with another push from Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy Night), I started to work on And Only to Deceive.
I am so very cranky today. I very much wish I could be curled up in bed with the second Lady Emily Ashton book.
As I can't be there, I will at least fill out an ILL form requesting said book.