Library book 'porn' shock

A BUXTON mum has expressed her disgust after discovering a book containing pornography freely available in the town's library – recently reopened after a refurbishment to make it more child friendly.

Julie Keeling runs the Grapevine Community Cafe on Buxton Market Place and was told about the book, called Dirty Fan Male, by one of her customers on Tuesday after he discovered it in the crime section of the library.

Published by Harper Collins and written by Jonny Trunk, the book features obscene letters written to Trunk's sister, a soft porn star, as well as pages of explicit photographs. Time Out magazine called it "hilarious, tragic and oddly moving'.

Julie said: "I think it is disgusting. Any child that goes in the library can read whatever books are there.

"It is a public library. I know they have to cater for everybody but if they do have to have something like this, it should be in a special section, it shouldn't be where kids can see it.

"Children have homework and often have to use the internet. Sometimes when my computer is down, my daughter has to go to the library and she is 13.

"I'm just so angry, I'm furious.

"I know they sell this kind of thing in newsagents but at least it's on the top shelf there where kids can't see it."

Buxton Library reopened at the start of March after undergoing a 24,000 makeover which included the creation of a cafe style environment to encourage more young people to visit the Kents Bank Road facility.

The work has also involved the creation of a new area designated for young people, called HeadSpace, as part of a national project to encourage teenagers to read more and use libraries.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: "We follow national guidelines produced by the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals when stocking our libraries.

"We cater for a wide range of interests and tastes and of the 150,000 books we buy each year, not every book will suit every reader.

"As with any high street book shop, library users are free to peruse the shelves but we do have separate sections for children and adults."

The authority refused to say what books were currently banned from public libraries.