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Objection to Materials

Schroon Lake Public Library Objection to Materials

In all instances the Library defends the principles of the Freedom to Read Act and the use of Library materials.  No materials are judged on the basis of the author’s race, nationality, or political, social, or religious beliefs.  Materials are judged as entire works, not on isolated passages or sections.

 Patrons may request reconsideration of material by filling out the “Request for Reconsideration” form and submitting it to the Library Director.  The Library Director will review the request and add it to the next Board Meeting’s Agenda.

The Trustees of the Library will set-up a Review Committee comprised of the Library Director, a member of the Board of Trustees, and a Library patron.  This Review Committee will evaluate the item in question and report back to the Board.  It will be up to the discretion of the Library Director whether or not the item will continue to stay on the shelf during its review process.

The Library Director will notify the patron of the outcome of the review.  The results of the review, as presented to the Board of Trustees, will remain as a record as long as the item remains part of the collection.

Should another patron object to the same item, the Library Director will show the patron the results of the review.  If the patron continues in his/her objection, the Library Director will present the matter to the Executive Committee.

Adopted 2/16/2011

  Schroon Lake Public Library Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

Requested by: _________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________

Telephone: ___________________________________________________________

Representing: (please check one)    Self ______      Organization ______

Name of organization:  ________________________________________

Item to be Reconsidered:

Author: __________________________________________________________________

Title:  ____________________________________________________________________

How was the item brought to your attention: ____________________________________


Do you know what the literary critics and reviewers think of this item?      Yes_____   No ____

Have your read/viewed/listened to the entire item?      Yes_____   No _____

What, in your opinion, is the theme of the item? ______________________________________


What is your objection to the item? (Please be specific)_________________________________


In what section is the item housed?    Adult _____    Teen _____    Juvenile ______

What do you feel might be the result of reading/viewing/listening to the item? _____________


What are your recommendations for the item?  _______________________________________


Signature of requester:  __________________________________________________________

Name of staff member receiving completed form: _____________________________________

Date received: _________________

Thank you for your interest in the Library’s collection.  Although careful consideration is given to all materials prior to purchase, we are always willing to reevaluate them.  You will be notified of the outcome of this reconsideration.

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