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On Do you think there is ever a situation in which books should be banned from a library?

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hitme 2 years, 2 months ago

Their Friday evening security guard should be though. He was wearing a hoodie and talking on a cell phone when I approached the door to return a book. He looked like one of the indigents that loiter there. He told me they were closed, so I asked who he was. He called me an AH. He said he was one of Topeka's finest. They must be proud.

kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

"He called me an AH. He said he was one of Topeka's finest." And you believed him? Then you should have asked to see his badge. I think you had it right when you pegged him for a loiterer.

Wesley Willis 2 years, 2 months ago

Catcher in the Rye. Must kill John Lennon. And eat brains. Bleh

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

Geez yes, anything by Al Gore.

Except the internet.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

Not unless Amazon starts giving away all their books for free and beaming the contents directly into our skulls. Libraries may look different, and we may access them differently, but people are still going to want what they provide.

Liberty275 2 years, 2 months ago

If you can't ban the library, then don't ban anything other than material ruled obscene by the judiciary.

labmonkey 2 years, 2 months ago

Come on now... wouldn't the world have been a much, much better place if they would have banned the Twilight series before it became popular?

Klumma 2 years, 2 months ago

No. I was almost going to say that this is a stupid question, Ergo, freedom of speech an such. Then I looked over and was reminded by a book called Little Black Sambo which was given down from my Grandmother. Guess it was considered racist as you will won't find it in any Library these days.

If you happen to find and read it you will find that it was, in idea, flawed by many racial misunderstandings from some. It is a good book.

~ And I really loved the old Sambos restaurant off 23rd St. in Lawrence. They made some great meals.

Lisa Medsker 2 years, 2 months ago

I actually have a copy of "Little Black Sambo"! It was my mother's when she was young. Loved the story so much as a child, I named our Border Collie "Sambo"! (I think I was two, at the time.)
For a while, the book was marketed as "Little Brave Sambo", but I think that one may have been banned, also.

Newell_Post 2 years, 2 months ago

Of course, Sambo was Indian, not African.

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

What happened to the link and list of web blogs on the front page of the website? How can I find Roe's and Ronda's (or any other members of the ♣) latest blogs easily? Are they trying to hide them as opposed to banning them? Now I have to hunt around. Guess I'll have to bookmark that webpage along with Sarah's OHT.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

Go to the arrow to the right of "opinion" in the top right corner. Scroll down to readers blogs and you are there!

Don't "♣" me bro! ;-)

Klumma 2 years, 2 months ago

LadyJ, Had the same problem. Just go here and the "gate-keeper" will give allowance to let you back in. Guess it may be an I.T. thing.

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/reasonmclucus/

Klumma 2 years, 2 months ago

LadyJ. I have to apologize. But I couldn't resist. LOVE YA!! Stay away from that lunks "link."

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Not to worry, I know a wako when I see one. Actually kind of surprised some of his latest blogs haven't been forcibly removed.

Klumma 2 years, 2 months ago

I wish I had a " Sabatini" today. Yummy!!

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Now I'm traumatized, I may never go in a library again. Wait, is it even legal to take a gun into the library? Must not be a public library.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

"Wait, is it even legal to take a gun into the library?"

A lawbreaker wouldn't give it a seconds thought . . .

Eddie_Haskell 2 years, 2 months ago

Just the Bible. And phone books. And Stephen King Books. Oh, and anything by Sue Grafton. Those books are horrible.

Eddie_Haskell 2 years, 2 months ago

"Libraries are about ten years away from being extinct."

I'm not so sure. I bought one of them Kindles last month. I couldn't turn the page on the damn thing. I licked my fingers and everything. Reminds me of when I got an mp3 player a few years ago. Pretty cool, but I couldn't figure where you put the cassette in.

verity 2 years, 2 months ago

My iPad works better when my fingers are greasy/dirty/sticky and/or the screen is greasy/dirty/sticky. I bookmark frequently in case the pages start flying backward or forward, which happens frequently.

Attempted banning just makes books more widely read. Books like "Little Black Sambo" or "Huck Finn" are useful teaching tools. KIds are smart enough to understand.

rockchalker52 2 years, 2 months ago

"...and anything by Sue Grafton. Those books are horrible..." Eddie

About 20 years ago, I stood in line at The Raven to get all my Grafton books autographed. I really loved them. Then, she started getting complacent & boring. I think I quit reading them somewhere around 'R is for Rehashed.'

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Ever read The Executioner series back in the 70's? It was written by Don Pendleton, except for #16 which you could definately tell was not written by him.

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

My favorite banned book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was one of the best books ever.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

Anybody here ever read "The Anarchist's Cookbook"? Want to?

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Remember "Steal This Book" written by Abbie Hoffman? I had it when I was 17. I lent the book to a friend whose mother got so upset when she saw it, my friend was not allowed to associate with me any more.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

Somebody made off with my copy of "Cows Are Freaky When They Look At You". I even knowed some of the people mentioned in it.

verity 2 years, 2 months ago

Off subject, but how does Amazon know what books I've bought from iTunes? Now that is freaky and disturbing.

RoeDapple 2 years, 2 months ago

I learned to read with "Fun With Dick and Jane". Tip was a good dog.

"Oh, look.

Look and see.

See Tip run.

Run Tip, run!"

'Course it helped to have the pictures showing what was going on . . .

Newell_Post 2 years, 2 months ago

Here are some kinds of books I have seen in stores, but would prefer to have banned from the public library:

  1. Books that have been adjudged libelous,
  2. "Snuff" books,
  3. Books about how to build bombs and carry out assassinations,

These have no place in a library financed by public funds.

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Last time I checked, they had all the Chilton auto repair manuals so you could fix your car.

LadyJ 2 years, 2 months ago

Back in the 70's there was a book called Father Pig. It was about young hippies banding together and conspiring to murder their parents with a lot of sex thrown in. I believe the book started out in Lawrence, Ks. Probably wasn't banned because it made hippies look bad.

booyalab 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh, is it book banning hysteria week already?

I love how "someone complained about something once and requested it's removal from an isolated place that probably gets their money" is akin to banning. Yesterday, I banned a stale hardened pizza crust from a plate on my kitchen table. Should we start a Food Banning week in its honor? We can put up signs of delicious pizza with sad faces and talk about how much I hate freedom.

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