Fifty Shades of Garland: Controversy over popular film in library

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 15:50:11-04

GARLAND, Utah – The Garland City Library has adopted a new policy after a popular film blind-folded it into 50 shades of controversy.

According to the Tremonton Leader, a resident had concerns about a “Fifty Shades of Grey” DVD available for check out from the library.

The film is rated R and based on an adult fiction series with sexual content.

The Leader reported the film in question has since been checked out to the person who had concerns.

When Fox 13 spoke to Garland Mayor Scott Coleman, he said he was the patron who had concerns about the movie and checked out the film to ensure the board of trustees was aware the movie was there.

The Garland Library carries rated R films and shows which are kept on a separate shelf and specifically marked.

According to its policy, those materials will not be checked out to anyone under 18 unless a parent or guardian has given their permission.

The Leader reported the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film was purchased and added to the library after several patrons requested it.

Danielle Rasmussen, head librarian, told The Leader that library staff tries to buy frequently requested materials if the budget allows.

Now the library has implemented a new policy for purchasing new material and how to handle concerns and complaints, since it said this has never happened before.

According to The Leader, under the new policy, patrons must file a written complaint about the material and then the library staff will decide whether or not to keep the material in question.

If the patron disagrees with the staff’s decision, they can petition the library board and the board’s decision will be final.

More: Get the latest from the Tremonton Leader here.

According to the Garland Library’s online catalog, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film is currently checked out.

All of the eBooks are checked out and only two of the paperbacks are available.

Garland Library online catalog