Monday, October 11, 2004

Library Patrons of Texas

Library Patrons of Texas

I am of two minds about this group.

I believe that any library is well served by a dedicated, vocal and active community. I think any information that they wish to provide for others in the community that have their viewpoint is a good thing, and helps them make wise reading choices.

I do, however, disagree with their ultimate intent which is to restrict reading material which they find disagreable. I noticed that the majority of books on their list appear to be Young Adult titles, and that if they had their way, they would be shelved in the Adult section of the library which could only be access, aparently, by adults. Books that they personally find inappropriate for a particular age group, others within their community will find appropriate. Rather than educating members of the community about books that some may find objectionable, they are working to move those books and restrict access by all. Books in a Young Adult section are going to address themes that are of interest to YA's and it is precisely that age group (approximately 15 to 20) that starts exploring very adult themes in their literature classes.