Idaho Mom Protests Library Book for Young Adults
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) – A Caldwell mother says she wants a book shelved in the juvenile section of the Nampa Public Library banned from the stacks.
Shelly Gering says her 4-year-old picked out the book, “How to Get Suspended and Influence People,” by Adam Selzer and she was appalled that the cover included an abstract drawing of a nude woman and the back cover contains some profanity.
The book explores the theme of censorship through the eyes of a gifted eighth-grader who is suspended after making an avant-garde sex-education video for a class project.
Library Director Karen Ganske says she’d be willing to move the book to the teen section – even though stories about middle-schoolers are generally kept in the juvenile section – but she won’t take the book out of the library. Ganske says the book is edgy and one kids would likely find fun and thought-provoking, not inappropriate.