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Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 29 Apr 2022 10:49:37 -0500
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These are scary times, and yes, intellectual freedom is under attack  
from many directions. However, I always look at things slightly  
differently when it involves children. I know very few people who  
think that children should have access to all materials which are  
available. Even most librarians (who strongly support the freedom to  
read) would have a problem with a school making Playboy Magazine  
available to their students. And there is not a clear line between  
"acceptable" materials and "unacceptable" materials. It is on a  
continuum, but pretty much everyone draws a line somewhere. The  
question is, "Who gets to decide where that line is and what is  
appropriate for children to read?" I have not looked into what  
materials are in question in Tennessee (and am not suggesting that I  
think having the legislature approve reading materials is a good  
solution). However, it is my opinion that parents (who generally care  
more about their own children than anyone else does) should have a lot  
of say in what their children read and are taught. And, it seems to be  
more frequently the case that parents have been shut out of this  
decision in schools. I think what we are seeing is parents'  
frustrations boiling over from lack of respect for each of their  
standards for their own children.

Just another perspective... (and I am sorry for the uproar I am likely  
to provoke with this),

Janet Wilson

Quoting Pamela Dunning <[log in to unmask]>:

> Absolutely outrageous! Are troglodytes running the country? I have recently
> encouraged the Wiscasset Library Board of Trustees to make adopting the ALA
> Freedom to Read statement an annual duty. This will reinforce our stand on
> censorship as new members come on the Board.
> Pam Dunning, Wiscasset
> On Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 10:55 AM Mamie Anthoine Ney <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> It's getting more scary all the time for more than just book burning:
>> Tennessee Lawmaker Suggests Burning Banned Books (
>> <>
>> Best,
>> Mamie
>> Auburn Public Library
>> 49 Spring St.
>> Auburn, ME 04210
>> 207.333.6640 x 2020
>> [log in to unmask]
>> “The public library is where place and possibility meet.”
>> ― Stuart Dybek
> --
> Pamela Dunning, Director
> Wiscasset Public Library
> 21 High Street
> Wiscasset, ME 04578
> 207-882-7161

Janet Wilson, Director
Rangeley Public Library
P.O. Box 1150
7 Lake St.
Rangeley, ME 04970
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