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Gina Beirne's highlights of the article in her local paper frustrated me
(the article, not Gina's highlights).  I have chosen not to order The
Higher Power of Lucky for my elementary school.  I don't consider this a
"ban" as stated in the article.  I've made a decision not to order this
book at this time.  This book, for anyone who wants to read it, will be
available at the public library and in bookstores across America.  There
are thousands of books I haven't ordered for my library - as librarians, we
have limited funds and must select the books that are the best fit for our

I don't know.  I guess maybe I consider a "ban" to be a ban by the
government.  If they forbid a book to be included in libraries and if
individuals faced persecution for reading said book, I would consider that
a ban.  If I had a student in my library ask to read the Higher Power of
Lucky, I'd refer him or her to the public library.

I won't purchase a controversial book without reading it first.  I don't
consider this banning a book, especially since it's available elsewhere.

So, my question:  What do you consider to be a ban?

Sandy Williams
Library Media Specialist
Bolin Elementary
Parker, Tx 75002

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