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The Huntington Beach City Council is considering privatizing the library

Huntington Beach is considering privatizing its public library


Huntington Beach is considering privatizing its public library

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The Huntington Beach City Council will discuss an ordinance at a meeting Tuesday evening that would privatize the public library and create a screening board for certain children’s books.

The ordinance calls for the creation of a “Community Parent-Guardian Review Board for Procurement of Children’s Library Materials.”

In October, the city council has considered an assessment committee. Councilor Gracey Van der Mark said of the motion at the time that the potential committee aimed to limit access to library books with sexual content to people over the age of 18; anyone under that mark would need parental permission to read them.

“Children should not have access to these books,” said Van der Mark. “If you are an adult, go for it; you can read whatever you want. But it is our job and our responsibility to protect children from material that could be harmful to them and if they are not mentally mature enough to read it “We are not allowed to make them public and only the parents can decide. The government should not decide whether this is suitable for their children.”

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The proposal was met with some opposition, including from retired librarian Barbara Richardson, who raised concerns about the board’s definition of sexual content.

“Most high school students are under the age of 18,” said Richardson, who devoted 32 years of her life to reading and storytelling at a local library. “When I looked at the resolution and I saw ‘sexual content’ – it’s so broad and so vague. It affects just about every book you can think of. When you think of sexual content, what does that mean? Dating? Kissing “Almost all the classics I can think of have some kind of sexual content.”

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