Arlington Public Library takes a stand against school book bans

Arlington Public Library is taking a stand against the book ban.

This Sunday, library officials will kick off a week-long event called “Wake Up & Read.” In a statement, they wrote that Virginia had been the subject of censorship efforts, “and in light of this, Arlington Public Library is taking a stand to raise awareness of these disputed books.”

Shari Henry, Deputy Chief of the Utilities Division, told FOX 5 on Friday, “We feel especially responsible to say that we’re going to keep these items on our shelves.”

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The question has been a hot topic in recent years. A Fairfax County parent spoke in September about the books “Lawn Boy” and “Gender Queer.”

“Both of these books include pedophilia, sex between men and boys,” Stacy Langton said at a school board meeting.

Concerns were also raised at several Spotsylvania County School Board meetings in November.

“I guess we now live in a world where public schools prefer children to read about gay pornography rather than about Christ,” school board member Rabih Abduismail said at the time.

Henry noted on Friday that she was also a concerned mother, but for a different reason.

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“I totally think parents should absolutely be involved in what their kids are reading, and it’s their right to say what they want their kids to read and not read,” she said. “What is no one’s right is to restrict what another parent might want their children to read.”

“It’s our job, and it’s our responsibility to respond to people here who want to read everything,” Henry added.

If you want more information about the “Wake Up & Read” event, you can visit the Arlington Public Library home page here.

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