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That's a lengthy and worthwhile chew, thanks Mamie!!! (Every Snoop Dogg
and Sublime lyric is echoing in my head, and showing my age all at once)

On 2022-04-29 15:22, Mamie Anthoine Ney wrote:

> Food for thought.........
> I wonder if the objecting parents/community members/legislators are
> listening to the music their kids are listening to?
> There are a number of channels on Sirius XM. Spotify, etc. that contain
> lyrics just as bad, if not worse, than what they find in books.
> Deep thoughts for a Friday afternoon.  Have a good weeknd.
> M
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 3:15 PM <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yeah, I empathize here. To agree with Janet, if they are going to take
> such measures for screening what is appropriate, I'd like to think that
> there are very specific standards established, and that are mutually
> agreed upon. No nonsense where, "oh, now this person is the head and
> they don't like...", or "my interpretation of this is...".
> No gray area: No nudity, no descriptions of intimate moments, no
> language stemming from the four letter words outlined here..., no
> graphic violence depicting mass bloodshed...and an age/grade limit. At
> some point, sheltering a child too much can be harmful (kids will direly
> need to learn that they are normal if they differ in any way from
> others, and will need to learn history as it happened). The upshot: the
> outlined four letter words will effectively make the policy a much more
> riveting read than anything in the collection.
> I think it all hinges on empathy. Human rights which includes parental
> rights, child protection, and freedom of information, must all be
> equally weighted. Do no harm is the baseline that cannot be crossed.
> "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak because a baby can't
> chew it." - Mark Twain (Kindly consider 'person' and 'they' as
> appropriate in the quote as it is the 21st century, and anyone can vote
> and hold estates now).
> Chip
> On 2022-04-29 12:56, Racheal L. Sylvester wrote:
> Hello Janet,
> I think you make a lot of good points about where parents are coming from and it does make sense where their feelings of frustrations come
> from.  I agree parents  should be able to have a say in their  children's
> education and access to materials.  The issue that arises i  feel is when
> they start saying that no children should have access or  be taught
> something which then infringes on the boundaries that a  different parent
> may have.  I know when I was in school you could have  a parent opt you out
> of a particular lesson if it was something that  could be controversial or
> a difficult subject.  America is a nation of  choices and options and we
> always seem to get into a pickle somewhere  with how many and who do we
> offer them to.  We're still a young nation  and with an ever changing
> population with new ideas and expectations  and we may never find the right
> balance.  Hopefully we can continue to  grow and progress and maybe one day
> we'll be able to find a spot that  wor!
> ks well
> enough. Thank you for your views and I hope this message  finds you well, 
> -Sincerely,
> Racheal Sylvester
> Outreach Coordinator
> Bridgton Public Library
> Quoting Janet Wilson <[log in to unmask]>:
> 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 d!
> oes)
> 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
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> "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
> (207)864-5529
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Mamie Anthoine Ney

Auburn Public Library

49 Spring St.

Auburn, ME 04210

207.333.6640 x 2020

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