Response Letter to Challenge

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Response Letter to Challenge

  1. 1. April 9, 2012Mrs. Dora Doe, SecretaryPleasant Town Parents for PurityCC: Jane Example, Director of Pleasant Town Public LibraryDear Mrs. Doe and Members of the Pleasant Town Parents for Purity, Thank you for your thoughtful letter regarding an item of our teen collection. I most certainlyappreciate your concern for the children of our community and your devotion to their education. We,the staff of the Young Adult Services, carefully evaluated the item in question, Drill, McDonald, andOdes’Deal With It!,following your complaint, and have found that it does in fact fall within our SelectionPolicy for the teen collection, which you yourself can review on the library’s website(www.ptpl.org/policy/selection). As you will note, it is our policy to collect a wide range of materialsaddressing multiple viewpoints, and while the opinion of the Parents for Purity is certainly a valid one,others must be represented as well. We welcome suggestions of additional titles for the collection if youfind that the viewpoints of Parents for Purity are not fairly represented. If you are unsatisfied with our initial review, please feel free to file a formal complaint with ourLibrary Board of Trustees, by filling out the enclosed form entitled “Request for Reconsideration ofLibrary Resources.” Once we have received this formal complaint, the item in question will undergo athorough examination by members of the Board and the Library Director to verify our decision to collectthis item. Again, we sincerely appreciate your concern in this matter and encourage any additionalfeedback you may have in the future.Sincerely,Emily Ward, Director of Young Adult ServicesPleasant Town Public Library

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