Library board declines to remove, sequester books

(Coeur d’Alene Press) Coeur d’Alene Public Library trustees recently denied a request to remove or at least separate two books from the children’s library.

Trustee Steve McCrea made it clear why.

“Our function is to provide everybody with access to these books,” he said Thursday. “And it’s the parents’ responsibility to limit their children, not our responsibility.”

“There are parents that like these books in the library, believe it or not. They want these books in the library; they want access to them for their children,” McCrea continued.

He said he reviewed the challenged books, “Prince & Knight” by Daniel Haack and “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish,” by Lil Miss Hot Mess.

“In my opinion, they’re very benign, there’s no sexualization. There’s no pornography. There’s nothing explicit in either of those two books,” he said.

Parents who spoke to the board, both in person in the Library Community Room and online, said they found the books — and others at the library — inappropriate for young children.  (Read More)