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'Mary Poppins' is banned from general circulation in the...

SAN FRANCISCO -- 'Mary Poppins' is banned from general circulation in the San Francisco Public Library system because it is out-of-date, unpopular and poorly written, the children's librarian says.

Librarian Joan Dillon also says the 1932 P.L. Travers children's book is full of stereotypes about women and non-white races.

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'It's not censorship,' Ms. Dillon said of the decision Monday to ban the book. 'It's selection after careful review.'

She said branch catalogs will no longer list the book, but it will still be available in the historical collection at the main downtown branch.

'It's not a very good book,' Ms. Dillon said.

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