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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Staying On SF Shelves

May 22, 2012, 6:45 AM by Austin Hoffman

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Staying On SF Shelves

It's being pulled from library shelves all across the country. The trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" is currently one of the most talked about series and it's catching many people's attention right here in South Dakota.

The book is causing uproar in states such as Florida and Wisconsin. But the reason people want to see it gone is the same reason it's so popular.

When the books were released in April, Deb Yoder with the Siouxland Libraries says they didn't immediately buy them because they couldn't find any professional reviews. But then the public started asking where it was.

"We are a public library which means we try and buy the popular items that are going to meet the needs of our customers and we got enough requests that we bought a few copies," Yoder said.

At the end of last week, they had more than 550 people on a waiting list just to get their hands on it.

"I would suspect that means there is some definite interest in the community," Yoder said.

And there's no thought of taking it off the shelves.

"At this point, no, we don't entertain anything like that. We've not had any complaints," Yoder said.

“I've heard that there's quite a bit of filth in it. Like I said, I can't say because I haven't read it and I have no desire to read it. You know, if it's known to be dirty, I don't want anything to do with it,” library patron Richard Anderson said.

Anderson comes to the library every day to read local papers. While he doesn't want to read the book, he doesn't care if others do.

"That’s up to them. If they want to read it, I don't see anything wrong with it," Anderson said.

But when they do get complaints they treat every one the same.

"The complaint has to be delineated so we know exactly what the complaint is.  Then we check the reviews and the other information we used when we purchased the book and then we do respond back to the complaint," Yoder said.

Yoder has been with the library system for more than 20 years. In that time she doesn't recall taking a single book off the shelves.

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