Not too long ago, most parents never would’ve imagined that their young children would stumble upon pornography while visiting community libraries.
That’s no longer the case, as evidenced by our policy report detailing more than fifty school and public libraries in the Gem State that make obscene materials available to children.
Some folks, including Idaho Statesman editorial writer Bryan Clark, say this isn’t actually happening and accuse us of manufacturing outrage.
But Robert Wright, who serves as the director for the Idaho Falls Public Library, said the quiet part out loud during a legislative committee hearing on library pornography yesterday, when he admitted to shelving “erotica” within reach of children:
“I can tell you: We have erotica in our library, because people want to read it. There’s been erotica in libraries since the Library of Alexandria.”
Yikes! What’s even more concerning? While Robert Wright “hope[s] that children don’t read” graphic sexual materials, he said the Idaho Falls Public Library Board of Trustees believes it would be too burdensome to take reasonable steps to protect children from accessing these books.
All of this explains why the Children’s School and Library Protection Act (H384) – which largely utilizes model bill language drafted by Idaho Family Policy Center – is so important.
Thankfully, the bill was reintroduced this legislative session—and it’s now headed to the House floor.
Here’s what you can do to help: Sign our petition now asking legislators to fix this problem once and for all!
School and public libraries should be safe spaces for children. Let’s make it clear that protecting children from obscene library books is a no-brainer!