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Group discussions Beloved and Waterland

I am so glad the library had taken on the task of a public discussion of these books. I'm quite concerned that material that has been used and accepted in the school community, and is challenging for AP students, should suddenly cause so much dissension. It's my understanding one parent has complained about the use of these books. That hardly seems like a community issue. I'm concerned that the PCCS superintendent took such stringent action because of one complaint. Sorry to go on, obviously I take issue with this situation. When I was in high school, Catcher in the Rye was 'banned'! So we all went out and bought a copy. Holden Caulfield was our hero! Times have changed, but book banning is ridiculous. To suggest that young people today would be shocked or unduly influenced by what they read is ludicrous! They know everything! They are subjected to all of society by the media, social networks and the culture in general. Again, thank you for scheduling these discussions. There will be no book burning in Canton!!


Sun, 2012-01-29 14:55

Thank you for your comments. The demand for both novels has been high as a result of being challenged in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Advanced Placement English curriculum. As people read the books, they have been asking our librarians about them, wanting to discuss these complex novels. We hope to facilitate calm conversations about the books, and restore a sense of unity to our diverse community.

I want to be clear that we are responding to public interest in discussing the novels, and will keep the focus of the discussions on the books themselves, not the controversy surrounding them.

Thanks again for your comments! I hope to see you at one or both discussions.


Eva Davis, Director