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ALA’s Library Bill of Rights states meeting rooms for such events should be provided to the public “regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.”
(Just the News) – The American Library Association is offering guidance to public libraries on how to prevent events like an upcoming one by leading Christian children’s book publisher and marquee author Kirk Cameron, arguing they’re an attempt to “censor” or “silence” LGBTQIA library-users and their materials.
The guidance came from Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the association’s director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, during a virtual library conference earlier this month.
She said events like Cameron and BRAVE Book’s “See You at the Library” on Aug. 5 are attempts to “exploit the open nature of a public library to advance their agendas” and to “censor LGBTQIA materials or disparage or silence LGBTQIA library users.”
BRAVE described the event as an “alternative” to drag queen story hours.
Caldwell-Stone said the event is part of a campaign to “take over libraries,” and suggested using policies and procedures to “keep control” of the facilities, arguing the First Amendment “does not require…