Fond du Lac Library Declines to Buy Controversial Bestseller
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FOND DU LAC, Wis.-Public Library officials are explaining their decision not to purchase a popular, yet controversial, romance novel. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a New York Times best selling book and will soon become a major motion picture.
The novel also contains a lot of sex. One book reviewer even dubbed it "mommy porn."
"We have to take a look at the work as a whole," FDL Public Library Director Ken Hall said. "What is in the book other than salacious material? So far, we haven't found anything in it(other than salacious material)."
But ACLU Wisconsin Executive Director Christopher Ahmuty called the library's decision a concern. "Obviously, they can't buy every book," Ahmuty said. "But when they buy books, they have to look at criteria like demand and/or interest." Hall agreed. "But where do you draw the line?" he asked. "Demand is a factor we consider, " he said. "But if we put men's magazines in the public library, I'm sure they would be extremely popular. Do we do that?"