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Dec. 2, 2023

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Letter: Protect local libraries


I was reading The Columbian editorial on the move to close the library in Dayton. (“Close library? Plan reflects disturbing trend,” In Our View, Aug. 15). Some residents there are attempting to permanently close the library as they feel the library is giving minors access to materials with sexual content.

Did you read the editorial and think that could never happen here? Think again. Attend any Fort Vancouver Regional Library board meeting. You will hear the same rhetoric from people claiming the library is “not safe” for children; that librarians are purposely displaying material to “sexualize children.” OK, you think, our library will never ban books. Look at the library board. One member, right before being appointed to the board, was attempting to remove a book she objected to. When the board meeting was held in her town, most of the public comments were from members of her church all purporting that the library is harmful to minors.

Read the back of the library card. “Parents and guardians are responsible for the selection choices of their own minor children.” Don’t like a book, then don’t check it out but do not prevent others from reading any book they want whether it is about sex, politics or religion.

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