If you’re on Facebook you may have seen a viral post back in June. It was from a lady who was attempting to revitalize her small town school library (actually two schools sharing the building). I don’t have a link to the original Facebook post, but you can go here and see the text. Go read, I’ll wait.
If you follow up on the newer posts (and I recommend it) the internet responded in style. They found themselves inundated with more books than they ever hoped to get. So many infact that they have been able to send off duplicates to neighboring schools.
Two days ago the most recent update was posted.
The public school board wants to censor the library. They want only “approved” books to be available to kids.
Never mind that telling a child that she’s “not allowed” to read X or Y book is the best way to ENSURE that she reads it.
Never mind that these children are very likely already exposed to those “forbidden” concepts on the TV, in the news, in music, in movies.
Never mind that its far better to teach children how to handle things than it is to try to shelter them.
And to top it off, the public school’s board wants to quadruple the rent of the charter school who’s renting the unused portion of the building.
The original post went viral and the internet responded in style. Lets make this one go viral too, and maybe we can encourage the school board to forget this stupidity.