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Fifty Shades of Gray banned from Harford County library

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If you're searching for a copy of the popular novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," you won't find it in one Maryland county's libraries.

Library officials in Harford County tell the Baltimore Sun they decided not to carry the best selling trilogy by E.L. James.

They view the book as pornography and say it's not suitable for library shelves.

The novels, featuring an explicit story line, have been selling out in bookstores.

Harford County libraries are not the first to pull the book.

A Florida county previously refused to carry the book, but now they're putting the racy trilogy back on its shelves.

The Brevard County Library System had pulled 19 copies of the book earlier this month. County officials said the decision was made after they read reviews of the trilogy initially self-published by the author in e-reader form.

A county spokesman also called the books "semi-pornographic."

On Monday, the county announced that "Fifty Shades of Grey" would be available immediately through the library in response to requests from residents.

Library Services Director Cathy Schweinsberg said the library was against censorship and was reviewing its selection criteria.

Public libraries in several states have banned the book trilogy, saying that it's too steamy or too poorly written.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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