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ONCE FIRED, NOW HONORED FOR REFUSAL TO REMOVE BOOK

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Refusal to remove a controversial novel from the shelves of the Davis County Library once got Davis County Library Director Jeanne Layton fired.

But last week, those same actions earned her one of the Freedom to Read Foundation's two Roll of Honor awards for 1989.Layton was honored for her stand in refusing to remove Don Dellilo's "Americana" from the shelves of the Davis County Library in 1979. When she refused to resign, the Davis County Commission voted to fire Layton, but a federal judge later ordered her reinstated.

"Layton's decision not to remove the book was pioneering and courageous. She illustrated how the dedication of individual librarians is crucial to the success of the Freedom to Read Foundation," said Robert S. Peck, president of the Chicago-based foundation.