Here goes: Some well-meaning but entirely misguided soul sat down with a Newbery Award-winning Library book and neatly applied Wite-Out® over every single “bad” word. It must have taken hours to scan the entire text! I heard you gasp from way over here and I know that all you library lovers are just as shocked as I was. For this reason, I will direct the rest of my comments specifically to the person with the big empty bottle of Wite-Out®.
Dear Book Defacer,
As a parent, an educator, and a Children’s Librarian, I agree that we should protect our children from the ills of society when possible. I even personally submitted a Request for Reconsideration once, which is the correct way to call attention to library materials that might somehow endanger a child. However, I feel compelled to point out that if your child goes to school and/or watches television, he or she is likely to be exposed on a daily basis to worse language than he would find in this book.
The most worrisome thing about your action is the example you are setting for your child. What you did is a crime. It is called defacing public property. For future reference, the Library has a system in place so that you can voice your concern, a system that any Librarian will courteously explain to you. Just so we are clear, the book you vandalized was thrown away and a fresh copy purchased. You just cost your Library, which gets its funding from taxes, $25 so you could deface a book.
Your Local Children’s Librarian
And while I’m at it:
Dear Writer in the Margins,
A Fellow Reader
By lw @ ss