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Amherst library says moving books is censorship

January 3, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Officials with Amherst’s public library say they have no plans to relocate a collection of “Tintin” adventure books despite the objections of some parents who say they are blatantly racist.

The Jones Library Board of Trustees on Thursday took no action on a request from five parents asking that the 1930s-era graphic novels detailing the global, crime-solving adventures of Belgian reporter Tintin and his loyal dog, Snowy, be moved from the entrance of the children’s area to either the young adult or the adult section of the library.

Library Director Sharon Sharry says relocating the books would amount to censoring them, based on the American Library Association’s definition of censorship.

Parent Andrew Grant-Thomas tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/1crgEeg ) that some of the volumes are “profoundly racist books.”

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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