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Library board to discuss call to remove book

Ben Jodway
Residents wait to speak about call to remove book during Lapeer library board meeting

People are turning out tonight for what looks to be a contentious meeting in Lapeer. The library board will be discussing a request to remove a book from the shelves.

Library director Amy Churchill said a member of the community asked her to take the graphic novel “Gender Queer” out of circulation. Churchill said she has 75 days to respond to what’s called a request for reconsideration.

She said right now she doesn’t see any reason to grant the request. She said none of the books in the library are obscene or illegal, and “Gender Queer” has a right to a space on the shelf.

"We take patron recommendations for books. We do that in hopes of building a collection that truly reflects our community, and 'Gender Queer' was recommended by a patron for purchase."

Churchill says so far the community response she has received has been “affirming and uplifting”