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Challenged books will remain in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district libraries

Independent School District 196 will not remove a series of graphic novels at least one parent found objectionable.

A District 196 reconsideration review committee voted 10-1 April 27 to keep the Bone series of books in the district's elementary school libraries. There is at least one bone book in 12 of the district's 18 elementary schools, including Rosemount Elementary.

In her request to the district Apple Valley parent Ramona Delay objected to depictions of smoking, drinking, gambling and "sexual situations" in the long-running series.

"Although it is a graphic novel that appeals to all ages, if looked at closer the content and graphics used are not appropriate for younger aged children," DeLay said.

Parts of the Bone series have been reprinted in Disney magazines, but DeLay said some objectionable content was removed.

The Bone books are available in district libraries but are not part of any classroom curriculum.

At the April 27 meeting Delay had an opportunity to speak in favor of removing the books and a district media specialist spoke in the series' defense.

The review committee is made up of three teachers, five parents, a principal and a media specialist. It was facilitated by Steve Troen, the district's director of teaching and learnin, and Renee Ervasti, the district's elementary curriculum director.