Libraries, the dying war hero in the print vs. online fight, still serve a purpose. Otherwise, why would school districts continue making room in their budgets for these things? Libraries are there to educate and inspire our kids (and adults!), but are also imperative in that whole “transfer of knowledge” thing. Which is why we get all riled up when we hear about libraries censoring gay material, under the guise of protecting children, when all they’re really doing is discriminating against one class of Americans and, instead of teaching children about the wonders of the universe, shaming gay kids (and the “questioning” types) into believing homosexuality is bad — because the library banned it. Let’s go to Wisconsin!
Heaven forbid Heather Has Two Mommies make its way into the hands of a child …
The Milwaukee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that when the West Bend Community Memorial Library Board takes up the complaint filed over gay-themed books in the Library’s young adult collection, it should follow young adult policies that ensure materials are accessible, inclusive and appropriate for young readers.
ACLU of Wisconsin Youth and Programs Director Emilo De Torre came to the council chambers at City Hall last week to learn more about a formal complaint made by Ginny and Jim Maziarka of West Bend on what they called questionable materials within the library system.
The meeting was postponed because the large crowd attending exceeded the room’s capacity and would have resulted in a fire code violation.
“I heard a lot of misinformation about gays and lesbians from would-be censors at the meeting,” said De Torre. “Libraries are about intellectual freedom. I went to support those who want our libraries to be places that serve all community members, young and old.” [GMToday]