Problem patron manual / compiled by Becky Croft, Geneva Pullen, Diana Seidel. (OCLC #13521606)
We came across this gem as an outlier in the catalog; our local record somehow had five or fewer variable fields, but did have an OCLC number and holdings representing an actual book on the shelf. (Also a subtle caption on the comic.) It now has a full OCLC record.
Next to its statement of challenged materials (“no challenged library materials should be removed from the library under any legal or extra legal pressure”), it includes a form which patrons can use to challenge books. It includes the thoughtful questions:
- To what in this book do you object? (be specific)
- What do you feel might be the result of reading this book?
- For what age group would you recommend this book?
- Is there anything good about the book?
- Did you read the entire book? (what parts?)
- Are you aware of the judgment of this book by literary critics?
- What do you believe is the theme of this book?
- What would you like the library to do about this book? (do not lend to my child, withdraw from all readers, send to staff for re-evaluation)
- In its place, what book of equal literary value would you recommend that would convey as valuable a picture and perspective of the subject treated?