LETTER: Library has obscene books for teens

Editor's note: This letter appeared in print Aug. 15. A reader called our attention to the fact it was not appearing on the
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Editor's note: This letter appeared in print Aug. 15. A reader called our attention to the fact it was not appearing on the free site.

The recent Huron Library "Book Drive" asked patrons to help "build (a) collection of books for all ages." The books listed are for minor children. One, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," is described by libraries as "A tale of adolescence whose hero is Charlie, a high school freshman in Pennsylvania [who] is introduced to love, literature and pot." On page 30 (1999 edition) a teen boy rapes his teen girlfriend, while Charlie, his ears covered, stands by. The book has plenty of profanity and mentions of sex between a boy and a dog, male and female masturbation, oral sex, drugs, etc. The book is in a "special display area" in the Milan Library Young Adult (under 18) area.

The contact person for the book drive is a minor boy. If a well-meaning adult handed this book to him, this person would be infringing the law about disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

It is also available at the Huron and Norwalk high school libraries. CLEVNET (a consortium of 30 libraries, inclukding Huron, Sandusky and Milan) has 47 copies of this book available, most in the children or "young adult" areas.

The law considers people under 18 as minors. They cannot marry, purchase a house, a car, cigarettes, pornographic magazines, alcohol or a gun. But when in the Young Adult/Teen area of our libraries, these minors have access to materials the law would consider pornographic. Are we paying taxes so our kids' minds will be corrupted? I urge all concerned parents to investigate.

Ralph Kraus

Sandusky