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Controversial book returned to library shelves

Posted: November 27, 2011 - 1:04am
Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep returned  to the Columbia County Library Tuesday after a patron complained two weeks ago of profanity.  Special Photo
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Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep returned to the Columbia County Library Tuesday after a patron complained two weeks ago of profanity.

A controversial book returned to the Columbia County Library shelves Tuesday after it was removed this month for having a suggestive title and text laced with profanity.

Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**k to Sleep, a New York Times best-seller, was taken out of circulation two weeks ago after a patron complained about curse words found throughout the book, said county Library Director Mary Lin Maner.

The adult satire, which puts a twist on the traditional bedtime story, was filed downstairs in the new book section, located in a back corner. A moon on the cover blocks the two middle letters of the curse word. Inside, the book is filled with color illustrations.

“It was in the adult section, and the child was wandering around the adult section with no supervision,” Maner said.

After receiving the complaint, Maner said she followed the library’s protocol and notified the East Central Georgia Regional Library Director.

The regional board then formed a committee that decided the work could remain in the library.

The book, Maner said, has been quite popular since it was added to the library’s assortment of literature.

“It came out in August and has been checked out ever since we got it,” said Maner, adding that Mansbach’s book had great reviews.

When choosing what new literary works to put in the library, Maner said a team of employees, all of whom have library science degrees, read the book, browse reviews and check The New York Times best-seller list.

“As a library, we can’t censor,” she said. “If we censored, we wouldn’t have anything on our shelves.”

Since taking over as library director in July 2009, Maner said this is the first time a patron has asked to remove a book.

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