Challenged Works

Street Art: The Spray Files

By Louis Bou


2006—A patron of the Surrey Public Library in British Columbia e-mailed a challenge about this picture book to a city councillor. The complaint was then forwarded to the chief librarian.

Objection—The patron was concerned that the book could inspire a reader to commit vandalism.

Update—The library’s collection development manager read the book and advised the  chief librarian about its content. The chief librarian then spoke to the city councillor who spoke to the complainant. Because the           complaint was specific to one neighbourhood, the library branch transferred the book to another branch.

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