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Patron Refuses to Return Book

   September 19th, 2007 Brian Herzog

It's Perfectly Normal coverCurrently happening at the Lewiston Public Library in Maine, a library patron has checked out two copies of the book It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie H. Harris, and refuses to return them.

The book, subtitled Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health, offended the patron because she was "sufficiently horrified of the illustrations and the sexually graphic, amoral abnormal contents, I will not be returning the books."

Lewiston Library Director Rick Speer did not accept a check from the patron to cover the cost of the book. Instead, he returned the check and enclosed the library's Reconsideration of Materials form - which, opposed to outright theft, is the proper approach for someone to challenge library materials.

More information via the Portland Press-Herald.

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