Residents start online petition to bring back 'mommy porn' book

6:33 AM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WKMG) - 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' has sold millions of copies but after being labeled pornographic it's been banned from Brevard County libraries. Now residents are fighting back trying to bring the popular book back into public libraries.

"As a reader myself and mother of an avid reader it's horrifying because you wonder what's next?" Linda Tyndall said Tuesday.

Tyndall was shocked to find out Brevard libraries banned E.L. James' "Fifty Shades" so she immediately took action. She started an online petition at Change.org hoping to bring the popular books back.

The book is flying off store shelves and tops best-selling lists across the country. Some are even calling it 'mommy porn' and that's why the library service director says the book doesn't belong in Brevard libraries.

"We filter internet and we don't buy X-rated DVDs," said Library Director Cathy Schweinsberg. "I heard it described as salacious and I believe it is."

Tyndall said regardless of what's inside the book, it should be up to the community to decide if it's something they want to read or not.

Schweinsberg said the book also doesn't fit quality criteria. She said it's still too early to say if the books would be put back on library shelves, but they're revisiting the ban.

While Orange County libraries never stocked the book, other counties do carry it. Local 6 checked and as of Tuesday afternoon Osceola County libraries have 21 copies. They are all checked out with 79 people on a waiting list.

Seminole County libraries have two copies and 319 people on a waiting list.

Lake County libraries have one copy with 50 people on the waiting list.

Volusia County libraries have 19 copies with 197 people on the waiting list.

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