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Thanks, Holly. Great feedback. I truly agree with you. Very helpful.

Carla

On Mon, Mar 28, 2022 at 9:25 AM Holly Williams <
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> Never. Never do I conceal books nor would I even consider labeling them
> like motion pictures. Instead, I tend to put them out on display to incite
> conversation. I will never forget the chat I had with a parent about "And
> Tango Makes Three" shortly after it first came out. She was appalled that
> there were two male penguins in it and wished she had known and wouldn't
> have checked it out. She went on to say that the book's existence was
> ridiculous. I explained that first, it was a true story. So the penguins'
> existence was ridiculous? But then I explained how when my son and I read
> it, he LOVED that there were 2 male penguins in the book, just like his
> uncles--my brother and his partner.  Her reply? "Oh."
>
> And you know what? She is still a patron today, 7 years later. It's not
> like she's ever going to go to a pride parade, but it started a
> conversation. Not an argument.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 25, 2022 at 6:26 PM Albert Church Brown Memorial Library <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Some of our Board Members have concerns about controversial books,
>> especially children’s  books being stolen from the library. Since this
>> happens on occasion in public schools this concern has come to light. I
>> realize that a public library doesn’t necessarily incite the same type of
>> parental censorship or even concern from other adults by books displayed.
>> Do you conceal any particular books to keep them from being removed or
>> label them sensitive topic, parental guidance suggested, etc. Can you
>> share
>> your experiences please. Thanks!
>>
>> Carla Gade
>> A. C. Brown Memorial Library
>> China Village
>
>
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>>
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>>
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>> is the location of the library."  ~ Albert Einstein
>>
>
>
> --
> *Holly Williams*
> Library Director
> Pittsfield Public Library
> 110 Library St.
> Pittsfield ME  04967
> (207) 487-5880
>
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