Article Title

CB library board to keep Playboy


The World (Coos Bay)



Challenged Material


Reading Level



Coos Bay, Oregon


People Opposing Pornography, Coos Bay Library Board, Jerry Sanderson, Kathy Rosencrantz, Dave Sullivan, Frances Vandervelden, Jean Bradford, Kathryn Kirkland, Ralph Mohr, Joy Bradford, Ron Stubbs, Sgt. Jack Bushmaker, Professor Robert Shepard


Magazine retained

Photo Description

Jerry Sanderson stands in front of the audience. He is holding a copy of Playboy and is making his argument in front of the library board.

Photo Caption

People Opposed to Pornography's Jerry Sanderson displays Playboy cover to library board. - World photo by Jim Warner


Playboy will stay at Coos Bay Public Library. After three hours of mixed statements with an audience of around 120 people the board voted unanimously to keep Playboy in the Coos Bay Library. Sanderson of People Opposed to Pornography began the session by asking board members if they had read the magazine. The board members responded with replies ranging from no to every once in a while. Sanderson then tried displaying images from the magazine to the board to show that the magazine is pornographic in nature. Ralph Morh, board member, asked if Sanderson had ever read the magazine. Sanderson responded saying that he didn’t read every article. The meeting continued with Sanderson pushing the board and Mohr eventually told Sanderson to stop flashing the magazines pictures around. When asked what was bothering him Mohr replied that nothing was bothering him, it was the manner of which Sanderson was presenting his argument. After Sanderson sat down a petition for removal was shown that had 249 signatures. The article ends with Mohr stating that Playboy is not the problem, but censorship. He said that while some things in the magazine are objectionable, it is not so to have it in the library.


banned books, playboy

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