Article Title

Library rejects challenges to books

Newspaper

The Bulletin (Bend)

Date

6-24-1993

Challenged Material

Being homosexual: gay men and their development by Richard Isay, The Arizona kid by Ron Koertge, After the ball: how America will conquer its hatred and fear of homosexuals in the '90s by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen

Reading Level

young adult, adult

Location

Bend

Participants

Dorothy Oak, Deschutes County Library, Deschutes County Library Board

Outcome

Retained

Abstract

Deschutes County Library Director Ralph Delamarter supports citizens' rights to challenge materials held by the library but based on the library's book selection policy, found no justification for removing 17 books about homosexuality. His review was initiated in response to Dorothy Oak's request that the library remove the books from its collection. The Deschutes County Library Board decided to retain the materials. Delamarter noted that challenges to materials take up significant staff time because each item must be reviewed individually.

Keywords

Jake Elliott, Oregon Citizens Alliance, Heather has two mommies

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