Picture this: You’re at the library with your three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, whose attention is grabbed by a colorfully illustrated children’s book, she takes it off the shelf and asks you what the book is about.
You are happy to oblige until you see that this colorfully illustrated children’s book is about promoting many aspects of the LGBTQIA (etc.) agenda.
This is what happened recently to Kurt and Michaela Jaros. Fortunately, Michaela was quick to utilize her mothering skills and answer her daughter’s question without providing a sex ed lesson on the spot.
The book the Jaros’ daughter pulled from the West Chicago Public Library is titled This Day in June — here is the description from the book’s Amazon.com page:
In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, This Day in June welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a Reading Guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a Note to Parents and Caregivers with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways. This Day in June is an excellent tool for teaching respect, acceptance, and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Not to Kurt Jaros, who has taken up the issue with the West Chicago Library Board. The next board meeting is Monday at 7:00pm:
West Chicago Public Library [MAP]
118 W. Washington St.
West Chicago, IL 60185
Kurt Jaros is encouraging concerned citizens to attend the meeting.
In phone conversation with Jaros, he made a point about attendance at Monday’s meeting: Since libraries work together through inter-library loans, if one library has it, it will be available to regional libraries as well. Thus, one need not live within the West Chicago Library district to be heard.
And, Jaros noted, libraries often do not receive enough public comment on controversial issues. He has set up a website to rally support for the effort to have the book removed either from the shelves or at least to a place where children do not have access to it, as many libraries provide.
Some cry that having this and similar books removed from library shelves is “censorship” or “book burning.” As with everything else, Leftists can’t quite grasp the fact that tax payers have a say in how their tax dollars are spent.
From cover to cover, Jaros explains, This Day in June is filled with pro-LGBTQIA (etc.) propaganda presented through symbols and messages. He prepared a flyer to provide examples from the book.
Library board member David Reynolds also spoke with IFI about the offensive nature of the book, and the inappropriateness of allowing children to have unsupervised access to it. Libraries remove books from shelves all the time for various reasons, he said, but the effort to have this book removed is creating the equivalent of a “Constitutional crisis.”
Controversial books should not be placed where children can easily step on cultural land minds, Reynolds said. Books like This Day in June should, at a minimum, be moved to a separate parent/teacher collection as is the policy at many libraries.
Just two days ago, Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins wrote “In a Heartbeat”: Propaganda for Children — here is her opening paragraph:
Anyone who doubts that “LGBTQQAP” activists and their “allies” are pursuing the hearts and minds of other people’s children should watch this sweet, well-crafted, animated short film about an adorable, red-headed, closeted middle school boy whose secret crush on another boy is exposed when his anthropomorphized heart leaps from his chest and pursues the boy with whom the main character is besotted.
Higgins’ sarcasm is appropriate — here is part of a book review about This Day in June — where sarcasm isn’t intended:
“Filled with saturated colors and vivid illustrations, this picture book uses rhyming couplets to convey the fun and exuberate feelings assocated [sic] with a pride parade for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and families. For example, “Rainbow arches/Joyful marches/Motors roaring/Spirits soaring.” The cartoon artwork is richly detailed and capture the “Banners swaying/Children playing.”
Here is a paragraph from that Laurie Higgins’ article reworked to apply to “This Day in June”:
The book’s creators are making the implicit argument that the biological sex of humans is irrelevant to the morality of sexual activity. Leftists use the adolescent slogan “love is love” to distract the public from the central issue—which pertains not to love but to sex. The central issue concerns sexual morality and sexual boundaries. The Left seeks to skirt that issue by dangling vivid illustrations and rhyming couplets in front of vulnerable and manipulable children.
None of the “profoundly important questions about sexual morality matter,” Higgins writes, “in a culture where cartoons shape feelings—nothing more than feelings.”
IFI also spoke with a veteran of the public library systems who noted the Leftist slant from the local level on up to the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and the American Library Association (ALA). “Libraries do not need to carry these kinds of books,” she said, but often do because so often they are lobbying for one side of a political argument.
Even the ILA and the ALA seem to be less about promoting libraries than pushing political agendas, she said. “They need to be neutral like librarians are taught in library school and how they are trained in collection development.” Librarians are given a lot of control over the latter, she said, so the more liberal the librarians are, the more liberal the book collections will be.
Take ACTION: Click HERE to send an email or fax to the West Chicago Library Board of Trustees to urge them to reject policies that spend tax resources on politically controversial and deviant books targeted at young children. You may want to point out that this is not a issue of free speech but rather of book selection policy.
More ACTION: If you are a local resident, please try to attend this meeting. Please try to arrive by 6:30 to sign in to make comments, which are limited to three minutes. You may want to type up your comment and read it so as to ensure you don’t exceed the three-minute limit.
First posted at the Illinois Family Institute.
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