"Planned Parenthood has the nation's largest network of sexual health educators, providing accurate, age-appropriate information to teens and adults in schools, health centers and communities nationwide," the organization said in a statement Thursday. "Planned Parenthood sexual health educators find that the book is [a] valuable resource for age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education and recommends it widely to parents."
Chick said the issue over whether or not the book is appropriate reading material isn't up to one citizen.
Library director Rick Speer agreed.
"The book has gone out 48 times in 13 years and one person has a problem with it," he said.
Parents, he said, have thanked library staff for stocking the book. The check Karkos mailed back to the library remains there, uncashed.
"Our books aren't for sale," Speer said.
Karkos' grip on the book hasn't stopped children from viewing it at the library. When news of her crusade first hit the media in the fall, Speer said, the library received eight copies in the mail, five of which are now on the shelves.
Speer noted that Karkos ignored other avenues for getting the book removed from the library's collections, including filing a formal objection.
Karkos said she declined to do so because she believed the wording of the library's procedures indicated it wouldn't side with her anyway.
"It's Perfectly Normal" ranked No. 9 on the American Library Association's 2007 compilation of most frequently challenged books. Speer said it nabbed the top spot a few years ago. The book also ranked No. 15 on the association's Top 100 challenged books from 1990 to 2000.