Tighter Controls on Books about Witchcraft and the Occult in Manawatu


Kathleen writes "Some odd patrons at the Palmerston North City Library.
Teenage girls who "overdose" on television programmes like Charmed have encouraged Palmerston North Library to put tighter controls on books about witchcraft and the occult. Also
erotica and sex manuals,Hot Rod and Fine Scale Modeller,people interested in pit bulls [who]can be a shady lot,books of Nazi insignia, or about heavy metal rockers, and anything featuring rocker-suicide Kurt Cobain.
And it looks so peaceful.
Conveniently located half way between Taupo and Wellington, Manawatu is the "gateway" to the Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Rangitikei and Wanganui Regions. Stay a week in Palmerston North - you can explore all five regions plus Manawatu."


I had no idea that the young of Manawatu were so immoral that books on the occult can change them into witches or that books on Nazi insignia will make the boys into bloody little Hitlers. But if their grasp on reality is so tenuous that books at the public library can change them into demons, then perhaps it is best if other people stay away. After all, pit bull dogs may be infective, and anyone can become a shady character just by visiting this place where it is so easy to change into something weird. Of course, if everyone was weird, then books on normal people activities would be banned...

I may move there if it works. Here in Florida I've read hundreds of books about diet and exercise and I'm still not the svelte self I desire.

Trust me, you do not want to move to Palmerston North. I've never been to Florida but it has to be better.

Anyway, the issue with this wasn't that reading books on the occult was turning teenage girls into witches - it was that the girls were clipping pages out of books, or 'forgetting' to return them. Ditto with the car magazines and everything else.

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