The Rogers Public Library’s catalog includes children’s books that are overtly pro-LGBT and contain sexual content.
The library’s online catalog indicates that these books are available among other children’s picture books at the Rogers Public Library.
The children’s section also hosts the book Sex Is A Funny Word by Cory Silverberg. The library describes Sex Is A Funny Word as, “A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the ‘facts of life’ or ‘the birds and the bees,’ Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. . . . Sex Is a Funny Word reimagines ‘sex talk’ for the twenty-first century.”
The library catalog also includes titles such as Making A Baby — a book written with help from LGBT leaders that “covers sex, sperm and egg donation, IUI, IVF, surrogacy and adoption” — and When Aidan Became A Brother — a book about a little girl who decides to become a boy.
These books are intended for children as young as five years old.
Sex education material and pro-LGBT picture books don’t belong on the same shelves as Goodnight Moon. Families should be able to take their children to the library without worrying about what their kids might accidentally find in the children’s section.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.
So what can families do if they find pro-LGBT children’s books in their libraries?
Communities can take steps to remove objectionable material from their local libraries.
Library boards and librarians have leeway to establish selection criteria and make decisions about the kinds of material available on the library’s shelves.
Library patrons generally can use a Material Reconsideration Form to ask libraries to remove inappropriate material.
And voters can call on their elected officials to enact laws protecting children from objectionable material in public libraries.
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