Seems this comes as news to some Missouri librarians, though. According to a news article on the freedomforum.org website:
Since Webb City, Mo.‘s school library banned three books in the award-winning Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, patrons can’t find them on the public library’s shelves either.
That’s because the decision to ban the books, which deal with an adolescent girl’s development, only made them popular with readers in this southwest Missouri town.
“It’s been on the hold list since the challenge,” said Sue Oliveira, the public librarian. “The surest way to get everyone to read a book is to ban it.”
Which really does pretty much sum up why I think most folks who want to control what we read are idiots. They think that by calling for a ban on a particular book they’re doing a good thing and protecting their community from a lurking evil in their libraries when all they’re really doing is calling attention to something that most folks probably wouldn’t know about anyway and wouldn’t bother to pick up if the idiots weren’t screaming about it. The best way to ensure that something becomes popular is to try and ban it. I wouldn’t be surprised if some authors even secretly hope their books will be challenged with a possible ban as it’s sure to help pump up sales and interest.
It doesn’t help my opinion that a lot of these book challenges are instigated by overly religious Christians who have rarely, if ever, actually read even a small part of the book(s) they’re trying to ban. If they had at least read the book they’d have some small measure of integrity in my eyes, but most haven’t and are going off of the wild claims of some other overly religious Christian out to force their worldview on the rest of us.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series headed the list. A grandmother from Springfield attempted to have the Potter books banned in school libraries there because she felt they taught witchcraft.
If you’ve read any of the books you know for a fact that there isn’t a single set of instructions in there on how to cast a single spell. Unless you count the passage where Hermione offers advice to Ron on how to properly cast the object levitation spell they’re trying to learn. If you know anyone who is able to take that small bit of advice and successfully learn how to cast the spell for real then please contact me as I have a great idea for a new business lifting heavy objects for people.
Folks like Thomas Jefferson would as well: ”[If a book were] very innocent, and one which might be confided to the reason of any man; not likely to be much read if let alone, but if persecuted, it will be generally read. Every man in the United States will think it a duty to buy a copy, in vindication of his right to buy and to read what he pleases.”—Thomas Jefferson to N. G. Dufief, 1814. ME 14:128