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Policy 003

PLATTEKILL PUBLIC LIBRARY

CHALLENGED MATERIALS POLICY

Adopted: August 14, 2008 Page 1 of 1 (plus attachment)

The Plattekill Public Library will support the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read, view or hear Statements.  Should any patron of the Library raise a question about any materials provided by the Library being in any way objectionable, the complainant must file a written complaint with the Library Director on a form provided for this purpose.  The complainant must be properly identified before the request is considered. No action will be taken before the complaint is brought before the Board of Trustees.  The written complaint will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

The Board shall:

A) Read and examine the challenged material.

B) Consider the specific objections to the material voiced by the complainant.

C) Weigh the values and faults of the material as a whole.

D) The Board will, where appropriate, solicit advice or opinion from other library Directors, the Mid-Hudson Library System, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom and the New York State Intellectual Freedom Committee.

E) The Board shall issue a written report within ninety days to the Director containing its recommendations concerning any complaint.

The Director shall review the report of the Board and notify the complainant.

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Plattekill Public Library: Challenged Materials Complainant Form

Adopted: August 14, 2008 Page 1 of 2

The Board of Trustees of the Plattekill Public Library, has delegated the responsibility for selection and evaluation of library resources to the Library Director, and has established reconsideration procedures to address concerns about those resources. Completion of this form is the first step in those procedures.

If you wish to request reconsideration of library resources, please return the completed form to Library Director, Plattekill Public Library, 2047 Rt. 32, Modena, New York 12548.

Date _____________________________

Name ________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

City ___________________________ State ___________________ Zip __________

Phone _______________________________________________________________

Do you represent self? __________ Organization? (Name) _____________________

Resource on which you are commenting: _____ Book _____Audio _____Video _____Magazine

_____ Library Program _____ Newspaper _____ Electronic _____ Other (please specify)

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Author ________________________________________________________________

Title __________________________________________________________________

Publisher/Producer ______________________________________________________

What brought this resource to your attention?

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Plattekill Public Library: Challenged Materials Complainant Form

Adopted: August 14, 2008 Page 2 of 2

Is your objection to this material based upon your personal exposure to it, upon reports you have heard, or both?

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Have you examined (read/heard/seen) the material in its entirety?

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What concerns you about the resource? Please cite specific passages, pages, etc. (use other side or additional pages if necessary) Are there resource(s) you suggest to provide additional information and/or other viewpoints on this topic?

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