Sunday, January 6, 2013
Patch rounds up weird news headlines from across Maryland.
Church Donation Jar Stolen: Howard County Crime Roundup The donation jar was stolen and a filing cabinet was ransacked after an unknown person or persons broke into Full Gospel Baptist Church in Ellicott City. Report: Prosecutors Say Sex Video Shows Phylicia Barnes, Accused Murderer Lawyers say the 16-year-old honor student was shown "intoxicated" in a video with her accused killer, according to news reports. Area University to Offer 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Class in 2013 Undergraduate offering to be part of American Studies program at American University. Group of Teens Robs Man of Beer in Brooklyn Park Anne Arundel County police are seeking information about robbery late Monday in Brooklyn Park involving several juvenile suspects. Blog …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Is it 1912 or 2012? I am free to write this blog, but can't borrow a book from the Harford County Public Library? Scratching my head over censorship.
Monday, June 11, 2012
This letter from library director Mary Hastler was submitted to Patch in the wake of controversy surrounding the book series "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Controversy over the popular novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been raging in Harford County since the library system decided not to purchase the book for its collection. Harford County Public Library director Mary Hastler said the book is "pornographic," and the library system will not carry the book, according to a story on WBAL.com. Hastler recommended the board not carry the book after she read the first two installments in the series, according to the same story on WBAL.com. The book, by E. L. James, is part of a trilogy that has been topping the New York Times Best Sellers list for weeks. The novel has been a constant check-out item at other area libraries in Baltimore County and Cecil County, according to a story on ExploreHarford.…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Local public libraries should uphold the principle of freedom of speech, even when a particular book might be generating controversy.
There has been a flurry of news stories regarding the availability—or in some cases the lack thereof—of the recently released book "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two sequels, written by author E. L. James. Notably, some public libraries have chosen not to make these titles available for patrons, for fear of complaints regarding content. Here in Maryland, one local system, the Harford County Public Library, has chosen not to purchase "Fifty Shades" because, according to Jennifer Ralston, the library system's head of materials management, "the library does not purchase pornography, and we therefore did not purchase the book." There have been some isolated cases of this form of censorship occurring nationally, most notably in individual …