Local author revels in censorship fight
Jeremy Graybill, Library System Communications Director; Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Library Director; Roberta Richards, Intellecutal Freedom Committee and Portland Community College; Jim Speirs, St. Johns Review
1. Image of women reading book standing in library stacks. 2. Portrait image of Speirs
1. Multnomah County's library system handled 15 compaints about materials last year. The library has only removed one book from its shelves in the past few years because of challenges. 2. Speirs
Multnomah County Library has received several recent challenges to library materials for containing offensive language, including articles written by the historical editor for the St. Johns Review. All 15 books, articles and DVDs were retained by the library after a review of the challenges. County library branches have a formal review system to handle complaints, and only one book has been removed from the collection in the past few years. Oregon recorded 24 challenges to library materials in 2010.
censorship, challenges, freedom to read, intellectual freedom, political view