The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
in the author's hometown of Indianapolis is stepping up to assist high-school students in the small southwestern Missouri town of Republic.
Last month the school district in Republic announced
that it would pull Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
from the high-school library because language and depictions in the novel on World War II were viewed as too graphic for teens.
School officials also banned Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer
after complaints from a parent who found it offensive. Oddly enough, that parent, Wesley Scroggins, is also a professor at Missouri State University
who reportedly home schools his children
The Vonnegut library says it plans to give away 150 editions of Slaughterhouse Five
to students in Republic. So far, at least four have taken the library up on the offer. Julia Whitehead, director of the Vonnegut library, tells the Associated Press
that she believes students who are almost old enough to vote and fight in wars are
responsible enough to handle Vonnegut's classic novel about war.