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“The [confidential] reports, the websites, the media reports all fit into our database where we keep track of challenges to books,” Stone explains. “Within our ability we’ll follow up and track what the outcome is. If there is a challenge and a processes in place, we’ll follow up to find out what the end result of the committee’s decision was. If a superintendent removes the book and it makes the local newspaper, we will follow the media coverage till we find out what the final determination is.”

Though the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has existed since 1967, it only started compiling banned book lists in the 1990s. Every decade, the OIF releases a list of 100 most challenged books; since 2001, it has released a list of top 10 challenged books each year.

The reasons that drive library challenges have shifted since the days of peak Scary Stories fervor. The Satanic panic of the late ’80s and early ’90s made horror a target through the 2000s, with Scary Stories earning the number seven slot on the ALA’s “most challenged” decade list. (That decade, the “occult” Harry Potter snagged the first spot).

Scary Stories has only popped up on an annual top 10 once more, in 2012. In recent years, the Office for Intellectual Freedom documents more challenges from books containing sexual situations, political viewpoints, and LGBTQ characters, with titles like George, a children’s book about a transgender character, and The Hate U Give, a YA novel dealing with the aftermath of police shooting, taking the top spots. Stone notes, “Last year we had a top 11 list because we had a tie for 10th place and both books happened to be books that were burned by anti-LGBTQ activists in protest of their presence in the library.”