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The following is a guest blog post republished with permission from an e-mail I received last year giving more details about the Waukee, Iowa case from Maryann Mori.

I thought you might like to know some additional information regarding the
reconsideration situation at Waukee [Iowa].  You can learn more about what
actually happened by reading my comments from a blog:

and from the ALA follow-up story:
http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/when-good-deed-meets-bad-press .

(I encourage you to read my blog posting, as the ALA story didn’t completely
share all the details.)

There was a Chinese student in my “intellectual freedom” course when I was
in library school at the University of Illinois.  She said she was confused
by America’s talk of “banned books.”  She said books are not really banned
in the US; the books may be taken out of one location or moved somewhere
else, but they are never completely unavailable.  She said that in her
country, “banned” meant the books were completely gone–not available
anywhere, and if you had a copy of the book, you could be in trouble.  I’ve
often thought about that student. Her comments did make all of us American
students stop and think.  We are so fortunate in the US that while we may
have “challenged books” (which we do need to defend), we never really have
“banned books.” I feel very fortunate to live in such a country.

Maryann Mori
Library Consultant
Iowa Library Services–Central District Office