Georgia: Many Public Libraries Won’t Carry “50 Shades Of Grey”
Of the 51 public libraries that participate in Georgia’s online library service, only 6 have decided to make the books available.
Janet Florence, the public information officer for the DeKalb County library system says they are not carrying the books. The Dekalb County Library selection committee determined that the trilogy was of poor quality and had received several negative reviews. She says they only had two requests from patrons for the book, so the public demand wasn’t there. Florence says public libraries have limited funds to add to their collections, and DeKalb County didn’t feel this was a good use of those funds.
The article also includes a comment from Susan Lemme, Head of Reference and book selector for the Washington Memorial Library Branch of the Middle Georgia Regional Library System. They’re providing access to the book.
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