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Members gather before a small group during a meeting of the Meridian Library District Board, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022.

Swearing, sex, fictional characters being mad at their parents: These are some of the reasons Treasure Valley residents have given when they requested certain books be removed from the teens section of the Meridian Library, writes Idaho Press reporter Carolyn Komatsoulis.

Many questioned whether these were appropriate, suggesting instead that the content matter be restricted to people who are over 21. But according to a University of Idaho psychologist, many of the reasons given, including questioning authority and exploring gender identity, are typical teen behaviors.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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