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When librarians do stupid things

Sometimes we really are our own worst enemy. Somebody take away this lady’s library card.

And has anyone read these Fifty Shades of Grey? How is it?

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. “And has anyone read these Fifty Shades of Grey? How is it?”

    If I may quote Libby from my book club: “She only knows three verbs, and one of them is SMIRKED. It’s awful, and yet … strangely compelling.”

  2. Cecilia says:

    At the bookstore where I work, we joke that it’s a backlash to Twilight…after so many years of almost no sex, we now get a huge overdose.

  3. Rebecca Cook says:

    In our Library I check if things meet our selection criteria before we buy them… Just a thought.

  4. Gail Lockman says:

    What about demand? Sex and smut is always in high demand…

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