Challenged books

“Normal People” by Sally Rooney, “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut and “A Court of Silver Flames” by Sarah J. Maas are three of the 35 books that a Frederick County Public Schools committee will review, after former school board candidate Cindy Rose challenged their appropriateness.

Frederick County Public Schools will delay the launch of a committee to review challenged library books because of an Open Meetings Act complaint that The Frederick News-Post filed with a state review board.

The committee of 60 people — including FCPS employees, parents, students and community members — will determine whether 35 books will be allowed to remain on the shelves of school libraries across Frederick County.

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Education reporter

Jillian Atelsek covers education for The Frederick News-Post. She grew up near Woodsboro, attended Walkersville High School and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2020 with degrees in journalism and history.

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I've checked and several of these books are available at the Frederick County Public Library. Probably most of them are. Once a book is at the public library, what is the point of NOT allowing it in the high school library?

Everyone should know by now: if you want people to read a book, ban it, and watch how people race to get their hands on it. Same principle operates if you say a book is for "mature teens"; all the fourteen year olds will make be beeline for it.

Cindy Rose is just driving young people's interest in these books - and I say, great, thank heavens they are reading!


[thumbup] Anne, exactly right.


Should be in the public... currently on a textbook review committee reviewing 6 sociology books for a selection of one to be used next year for the elective course for juniors and seniors in FCPS. Our review committee is made up of some parents, teachers, FCPS staff and others...

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

The Fourth Estate is doing their job...they know Democracy Dies in the Darkness.

Again I wonder did anyone at FCPS think these book banning committees all the way through to the end....did they forget about The Fourth Estate? The Fourth Estate is tenacious and will not let democracy die in the darkness. The open meetings act complaint is just the beginning.....




Jillian, interesting that this topic is when the FNP chose to submit a complaint. FCPS does this occasionally, such as with the District Committee on Assessment which invited parents to participate through a "lottery" process and holds the meetings behind closed doors.

Greg F

If I ever won the lottery I’d build a free library with all banned books next to the school just to piss off Cindy Rose and her ilk.






Yes!!!!! This!!! ^^^


Hilarious Greg! [thumbup][thumbup][beam]


No amount of logic and reason will change the actions of Cindy Rose and those like her across America.

Most of them are fully aware that kids are exposed to pornography very young, as early as elementary school.

They know that the books they are complaining about will have zero negative effect on the kids that read them.

Their goal is simply to tweak the libs, make a political point, and jerk everyone around -- just because they can.

Once a book is in the library, it has presumably passed the scrutiny of responsible adults so there should be no need for these time-consuming challenges. If challenges continue to be allowed, a book review should require *several* complaints, not just one.

It is outrageous that ONE person (Rose) can cause all of this effort to be expended.


Agreed, mrnatural. Cindy Rose is putting her finger in the dike, meanwhile the town is already flooded. Phy's post below says it all.


Why must the meetings be rescheduled? What constitutes an open meeting? Would live streaming or uploading a recording of the meeting be considered compliance?


Well done! 4th Estate showing chops! Jillian - A+ for your civic chops. Superb.


I'l disagree on this one Piedmont.. Civil discourse and polite observation of the review would be welcome but I am afraid this will provide the opportunity for rude behavior and shouting matches. I know, free speech ....


That's the point, for me, Hay. Let them show their colors in public.


This is how ridiculous this ban the books nonsense is……

Report: Young teens are stumbling across porn. Here’s how they are finding it

Madeline Holcombe

By Madeline Holcombe, CNN

Published 8:38 AM EST, Tue January 10, 2023


Families waiting to talk about pornography until their children are teenagers should move up that schedule, according to a new report.

The average that kids first reported being exposed to online porn was 12, according to a new Common Sense Media survey of more than 1,300 teens ages 13 to 17.

Fifteen percent first saw porn when they were 10 years old or younger, according to the report.


This whole thing is silly. If the kids ride a school bus, they're gonna hear a lot more (mis)information about these topics than if they just read a book. You can't keep them in a bubble forever.


GO Jillian!!!!!!!!

The OMCB exists for just this reason. And big points for an FNP reporter using all legal means to do her job. Well done.

(Next stop … the Maryland Public Information Act ;))

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