After reading the Chicago Tribune’s op-ed piece by Clarence Page on banned books, I wondered what the situation is in McHenry County.
The image for the column is a man reading something called “Gender Queer.”
So, I sent out a Freedom of Information request to school Districts. I lot bounced back because of being tied to individuals’ email addresses.
I picked these three books:
- “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe
- “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
- “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
and asked if the district had them and, if so, when were they purchased, plus whether had been withdrawn from circulation.
McHenry High School District 156 sent the following information:
Gender Queer: A Memoir
* Copy 1–purchased 4/14/22
* Copy 2–purchased 4/14/22
* Copy 1–purchased 4/19/22
* Copy 2–purchased 1/27/20–out for repairs right now so not on the shelf
* Copy 3–purchased 4/19/22
Out of Darkness
* Copy 1–purchased 9/24/15
* Copy 2–purchased 9/8/17
* Copy 1–purchased 10/14/15
* Copy 2–purchased 9/7/17–marked as lost so not on the shelf
The Hate U Give
* Copy 1–purchased 3/22/18–missing so not on the shelf
* Copy 2–purchased 3/15/18
* Copy 3–purchased 9/28/18
* Copy 4–Spanish version–purchased 1/30/20–missing so not on the shelf
* Copy 1–purchased 3/15/17
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School Board petitions can be obtained at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office or at this web site.