I made a complaint to our local public library because the eleven year old granddaughter of a staff member of mine borrowed a number of comics from the library which she thought were about cartooning. These books aren’t about cartooning but are called manga and contain violence and often explicit sexual content. These are just two of the books she borrowed:
“Crying Freeman” by Kazuo Koike (GN KOI K) Quote from Wikipedia. “The Crying Freeman manga series is renowned for its artwork and gratuitous graphic violence and eroticism.”
This book is rated R 18+.
“I Luv Halloween” by Benjamin Roman (GN GIF K)Quote from Amazon.com Finch and his sister, Moochie, are all ready for Halloween, and they look adorable. Finch is dressed as a zombie, while Moochie is the Tooth Fairy. By the time we realize that Moochie is stealing teeth from a house full of dead bodies, and Finch knows more about zombies than any child has a right to, we’ve already been drawn into their cute but gruesome world. Giffen (Formerly Known as the Justice League) and Roman (The Lonely Tombstone) have concocted a black comedy that reads as if Quentin Tarantino and Tim Burton had collaborated on a Halloween heist story. As the story progresses, a mysterious kid dressed as a devil who might just be one, razor blades in apples, a boy named Mr. Kitty with a breast fetish, a dead dog, a missing bra and much more mix together for a lively and inventive tale. Giffen’s darkly humored script draws laughs from such things as evisceration while capturing the childlike glee at dressing up and walking by a scary graveyard. He also leaves plenty of mysteries for the next two volumes to solve. Cocreator Roman’s art is occasionally too detailed for the small pages, but he excels at unique character designs and macabre details. Full of ghoulish tricks, I Luv Halloween is a seasonal treat that the not easily offended will thoroughly enjoy. (Oct.)
I want to thank the library for taking this matter fairly seriously. They have a duty of care not to provide this type of material to children. They are changing their computer system so that these books can’t be borrowed on a child’s library card. On the door of the youth room they have placed large signs which say Youth Room, These materials are suitable for people 15 to 25 years.
They have also rearranged their DVDs and videos so that family movies are separate from the adult movies. The children’s movies have always been separate.
I’ll be checking to see that the R rated books aren’t able to be borrowed by children.
I would’ve preferred that they were removed from the library altogether but this is definitely better than nothing!!
Please be aware of what your children are looking at and what they are borrowing from libraries. A lot of people never know what’s in their local library. It’s a good idea to go with your children and talk about their choices of books, DVDs and CDs.
If you find something that disturbs you in your local library please make a complaint in writing, verbal complaints are quickly forgotten and nothing gets done. When you get your response don’t be afraid to follow it up. If they’ve promised to do something then they should do it. If nothing is done about your complaint then use your local media, write letters to the editor and ask your local newspaper to write a story about the issue too. If you speak out about an issue you’ll often find that there are others who are also concerned about it, they can also send in their own complaint letters too.