STANDING ROOM ONLY: Finding Common Ground on Library Concerns
There was standing room only at the council meeting in the City of Liberty Tuesday night. Citizens lined the walls of the council chamber, crowded doorways, and even spilled into an overflow room next door. All this in response to concerns raised last week after parents called attention to sexually explicit material in the children’s area of the Liberty Municipal Library.
Amidst impassioned dialogue between citizens and city officials, and at times even between audience members, it appears common ground was achieved, with city officials confirming that the book in question was removed from circulation and that new protocols and procedures were being reviewed to ensure this and materials like it could no longer fall into the hands of children.
The Liberty PAC applauds the efforts of parents and community leaders who stepped outside their comfort zone to stand in the gap on behalf of children, and for the quick action of city officials (including library staff) to address these serious concerns.
We look forward to seeing these new measures enacted and stand ready to support the library in its efforts to cultivate a safe and healthy environment for it’s youngest patrons, even if that means holding them accountable if they don’t.