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Library doesn't police what kids borrow

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Buyer beware, Civil liberties Updated: January 4, 2011 - 9:48 AM



Caryn Goldberg, a teacher who lives in Plymouth, wondered whether librarians do anything to prevent children from checking out R-rated videos.

Hennepin County Library spokeswoman Carla Biermaier said the answer is no, and issued the following statement:

Hennepin County Library serves a diverse community with many different interests. We select materials that we hope our customers will find helpful or enjoyable and that will appeal to varied tastes and interests. We recommend that customers carefully select materials, depending on their individual needs and values. Only individuals can determine what is most appropriate for their needs and can define what material or information is consistent with their personal or family values. We encourage parents and caregivers to work with children in the selection of materials. Library staff is available in all of our libraries to assist in their selection of materials.

Goldberg thinks libraries should limit children’s access to movies they couldn’t see on their own. "Sex and the City," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Last Tango in Paris" are just some of the titles she's seen available in the library. "I think there should be some kind of check system," she says. Do you agree?


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