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The library is a place for controversy,” said Teresa Amato, who helped circulate the petition. ” The library board finally voted 2 to 1 to postpone nearly all library programs, pending the formation of a policy for lecture topics. Head librarian Elizabeth Heath felt betrayed by the board and believed that the lectures should have been held as scheduled. ” Witches, Witches, Witches and Other Books about Witchcraft 33 Tom Canfield, who worked for a New Age publishing house in York, Maine, shared Heath’s concern for free speech.

Two school district committees independently reviewed the book and found it acceptable. Their recommendation went to the school board. On January 29, 1996, the board voted unanimously to reject Palmer’s request. ” Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, March 1991: 62. , and Susan M. Stan. Hit List for Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books. Chicago: American Library Association, 2002. Foerstel, Herbert N. : A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries. : Greenwood Press, 2002.

S. Lewis’s classic fantasy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Parents and residents who opposed the challenges outnumbered those who supported them. ” Celeste Smalkin, supervisor of the schools’ media services, played down the number of challenges. “It’s something that goes on all the time, especially at the elementary level,” she explained. ” The challenges were passed on to a Criteria Review Committee made up of six teachers, six parents and residents, and two students. The committee reviewed the challenges and books and unanimously rejected three of the challenges.

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