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Iowa Public Library Board Hears Opinions About LGBTQIA+ Books


Tough talks in Logan, Iowa about LGBTQ-inclusive books at the public library. There was a ton of back and forth. It all stems from two complaints filed after the publication of a book about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. “It has been in our collection since 2018, with no objections noted until it was displayed for Pride Month,” said library manager Kate Simmons. But some people in Logan want to see the book and others taken off the shelves or at least not put up. “I think we have to make a distinction between having resources available and promoting them. And when you highlight something in the library, you promote it,” said one community member. Others say that it is not up to the library to promote these kinds of books. “It’s a slippery slope. And I believe you can read what you want to read, that’s fine, but that’s the role of parents,” said another community member. On the other side, the author of the book “And it’s their family”, which is also in the library. She says she wanted to teach tolerance and says these books are important. “We never saw each other in children’s books. We didn’t grow up knowing that our families weren’t taboo. So I wrote this book to change that,” Kailee Coleman said. A man who grew up in Logan and helped in the library when he was young agrees with her. On the 12th, when they will discuss two proposals from a member of the community. These have to do with things like not having sexually-focused child exhibits.

Tough talk in Logan, Iowa about LGBTQ inclusive books at the public library.

They all remain on the shelves for now, but the library board still heard plenty of rejection on Monday night.

There was a ton of back and forth. It all stems from two complaints filed after the publication of a book about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

“It has been in our collection since 2018, with no objections noted until it was put on display for Pride Month,” said library manager Kate Simmons.

But some people at Logan want to see the book and others taken off the shelves or at least not put on display.

“I think we need to make a distinction between having resources available and promoting them. And when you highlight something in the library, you promote it,” said one community member.

Others say that it is not up to the library to promote these kinds of books.

“It’s a slippery slope. And I believe you can read whatever you want to read, that’s fine, but that’s the role of parents,” said another community member.

On the other side, the author of the book “And That’s Their Family”, which is also in the library.

She says she wanted to teach tolerance and says these books are important.

“We never saw each other in children’s books. We didn’t grow up knowing that our families weren’t taboo. So I wrote this book to change that,” Kailee Coleman said.

A man who grew up in Logan and helped in the library when he was young agrees with her.

“I wish there was literature to read about this issue,” said one community member.

The Logan Library Board will meet again on September 12 to discuss two proposals from a community member.

These have to do with things like not having sexually-focused child exhibits.

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