Just last Friday, I posted about banned books. But this story is a must hear on why it is so important to be aware and of the important work that our librarian do.
In Texas, a Cleveland pastor demanded that the Austin Memorial Library remove all books from the shelves that are occult in nature. According to Pastor Missick there are 75 such books. I couldn’t find a complete list but according to an article in The Advocate, the list includes Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, the P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series, and all other teen books that include romance with vampires.
Personally, I’d rather eat a raw steak than read a vampire romance book, but that’s me. I’m not interested in forbidding everyone else from reading them, because I’d rather they read something than nothing.
For me, the icing on the proverbial cake was his additional complaint about “a demonic stuffed doll and a witch’s hat” sitting on one of the shelves. Think about it. A witch’s hat and a demon? Have you figured it out? That would be the Sorting Hat and Dobby from Harry Potter. Talk about a day late and a dollar short.
If they don’t remove the books completely, Messick requested that the libraries force the parents to check the books out for their teen readers.
Said library director Mary Cohn, “Since the majority of the children using the library come with their parents, I believe this is a moot point.” Furthermore, the materials will not be removed.
If you don’t want to read about magic or vampires or purple tutus, that is strictly your business. But don’t try to tell me what to read. I’ll just have to pick it up and read it. Speaking of which, I have to go accompany a boy wizard on a quest for a special stone.