Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

January 15, 2013

Library board keeps controversial book in teen section

EFFINGHAM — A book challenged at the January Helen Matthes Library board meeting will not be moved out of the teen section anytime soon.

Rosina Esker of Teutopolis requested that "When It Happens" by Susane Colastani be moved out of the teen section of the library for content that is too explicit for the age group after her 14-year-old daughter read a few pages and asked to send it back.

"She said, 'This book is not for me,'" Esker said. "I really feel this is an adult book."

She summarized the novel for the board, explaining the heavy lust and sex themes. The book also touches on birth control, pornography and how to prepare for sex.

Esker didn't feel there were enough good behaviors in the characters.

"Kids are looking for role models," she said. "The kids I worry about picking this up are the ones with a terrible home life."

Library policy states that it strive to provide materials covering controversial issues.

Library Director Amanda McKay said a variety of factors lead to placement in the teen section.

"We do look at reading level," she said. "We also look at the characters in the book, look at their ages and the subject matter they're dealing with, who they're targeted for. This one, based on those criteria, fell soundly in the teen area."

She added all the library's sections are open to every age, meaning if the book were moved to the adult section, teenagers would still be allowed to check it out.

Although the ultimate decision was to leave the book in the teen section, the board commended Esker for keeping track of what her children are reading.

"Obviously, your daughter has taken on your values," said Secretary Jane Wise.

Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or nicole.dominique@effinghamdailynews.com

Text Only
Local News
  • Investigator wants tougher ethics laws for legislators SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top

    April 19, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for dead Illinoisans CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press o

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 cross walk.jpg Church goers carry cross for Good Friday

    For Effingham resident Adrian Guzman, carrying a cross across Effingham is more than symbolism. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two in hospital after chase with St. Elmo police

    Two individuals were sent to the hospital after a chase with a St. Elmo Police officer.

    April 18, 2014

  • tony- sigel 1 Sigel St. Michael breaks ground TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Want to Help? Donations are still being accepted for the addition. Donations may be mailed, dropped off at the parish offices, or placed in collection baskets. A donation wall in the renovated parish center will feature a "Giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth suspect sentenced to 54 months NEWTON -- A man accused of cooking methamphetamine in a vehicle with a child present was sentenced in Jasper County Court Thursday. Charles "Chase" L. Shroyer, 23, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphet

    April 18, 2014

  • Low ridership drives fee up TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Low ridership drives fee up

    April 18, 2014

  • Easements still sought for project After an approval for work on a 21-mile water transmission line between Teutopolis and Newton at a meeting earlier this month, progress continued to trickle in at Wednesday night's Teutopolis Village Board meeting. The Village Board heard from Connor

    April 17, 2014

  • 2 in court on meth charges Jackson Adams Daily News Two individuals arrested on methamphetamine charges in Shumway appeared in Effingham County Circuit Court Tuesday. Tara L. Devoe, 18, of Shumway and Nathaniel S. Sparks, 23, of Beecher City both appeared with counsel before a

    April 16, 2014

  • Effingham eager to attract Pinnacle TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Pinnacle Foods is considering an expansion its operation into the former Fedders building. The project will bring up to 25 full-time jobs to the area. The City of Effingham is looking to make that expansion more appetizing wit

    April 16, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.