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Sarah Lambdin: Censorship? Moving library books is just responsible

To the editor:

You reported that the director of the Jones library and the board of trustees have taken the position that moving the “Tintin” books from the young children’s section is tantamount to censorship.

I am confused as to why the moving of these books from the young children’s area would be considered censorship.

I don’t know what age group the author aimed these books at many years ago and I don’t think it matters. As parents and as a community we make decisions all the time about what is and what is not appropriate material for young children to be exposed to. This is why we rate movies.

It is difficult for me to imagine that a sexually explicit movie would be considered appropriate for young children whatever the filmmaker intended.

However we decide what we believe to be appropriate material for young children, the idea that it is censorship to keep material that the community finds inappropriate for them out of their reach just seems silly. Censorship is restricting adult access. Setting guidelines for children is acting as responsible adults.

Sarah Lambdin

Amherst

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Readers respond to ‘Tintin’ controversy at Amherst’s Jones Library

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: In recent weeks we've received numerous letters from readers about parents' efforts to have "Tintin" books, which contain racial stereotypes, relocated from the children's section at the Jones Library in Amherst, and library officials' subsequent refusal to do so. These letters are collected below. Judith Eiseman: Help kids be kids a little longer Protecting children is not censorship. …

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