Kansas library removes youth-oriented LGBTQ+ books in order to keep its building

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The public library in St. Marys, Kansas, has managed to hang onto its lease for one more year by removing all of the youth-oriented LGBTQ books from library shelves.

Library director Judith Cremer said the decision was the result of her efforts to work with the city commission, which has been threatening the library’s lease for more than a year.

Cremer said the adult section of the St. Marys location still contains some LGBTQ books, but in the junior collection, there are “probably not” any books left that contain LGBTQ content.

“I’m not real proud of that. … I feel bad because I think that there should be a variety of things for everybody, but like I say, we do have eight locations and I can get anything for anybody within about a day,” Cremer said. “So that’s a compromise I have to make.”

Content retrieved from: https://www.kmuw.org/education/2023-11-20/a-kansas-public-library-was-forced-to-remove-lgbtq-books-for-kids-in-order-to-keep-its-building.

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