"parents who would tell their children not to read playboy 'don't really care about their kids growing up and learning to think and explore.'"
9/18/95 citizen, quoting judith krug,
ala director of oif.
link/legal notice.

effects of ala policy:  list of crimes and filters in libraries and schools; please help an 8 year old library crime victim.

apa online - click for sexualization report
another effect is the sexualization of children.  see:  report of the apa task force on the sexualization of girls
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whom to believe?

are libraries using doublespeak?

when it comes to some public libraries, the truth can change wildly, but children often lose out.  sometimes a library's prior inconsistent statements can sink its own actions.

see how the ala and local libraries can say things at complete odds with themselves.  our opinions on what's right and wrong are irrelevant where ala-indoctrinated librarians shoot themselves in their own foot with their own inconsistent statements -- almost all of the arguments made below are based on published inconsistencies of librarians -- our own arguments are not needed and are not presented below; no one can argue that we are censors or religious right wingers or homophobes or racists where we are only pointing out how the librarians made their own bed and now have to lie in it.  the oak lawn public library (il) will serve for most examples:

table of library inconsistencies/outrages proving intervention is needed
is playboy requested often?
yes.  "in the year 2004, playboy was requested by adults at the magazine desk 44 times, as compared to an average of 20 times for other popular titles.  thus, the magazine is a heavily requested item.  library board, 6 apr 2005.  proof.

to boost playboy usage further, the library actually advertises the availability of playboy!  have you ever heard of a library advertising their playboy collection?  "next time you stop in, why not take a look at the latest issue of:  ... playboy (age 18 & over)."  check it out:  newsletter of the oak lawn public library, sep/oct 2005, 19:5, see p.2.  proof.
no.  "[the committee's recommendation] surprised me somewhat because i had the impression that the magazine was little used and was of little general interest to any segment of our clientele.  the fact that oak lawn public library is the only public library in the south suburban chicago area possessing the magazine reinforced that initial impression of its peripheral appeal."  library director james casey, 12 apr 2005.  proof.
is playboy available to children?
yes.  "periodicals desk staff will make a copy of a text article from playboy for patrons under the age of 18 who have a specific citation for the article."  library board, 6 apr 2005.  proof.

for example, a child may want a copy of the sexually explicit advice column "the playboy adviser."  the librarian will photo copy this material for the child.  playboy is not just available to adults viewing the magazine on the second floor, it is "free to read for all" regardless of age.
no.  "any patron requesting the magazine at the magazine desk must provide a driver's license or proof of age verifying that the patron is 18 years of age or older."  library board, 6 apr 2005.  proof.
should playboy be available to children?
yes, according to librarians.  "a person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of ... age...."  library bill of rights.  proof. no, according to patrons.  "very few [patrons] (2.4%) agreed that all issues of the magazine owned by the library should be available to patrons of any age."  proof

more importantly, no, according to the united states supreme court, "the interest in protecting young library users from material inappropriate for minors is legitimate, and even compelling, as all members of the court appear to agree."  us v. ala, 2003.  proof
would/could playboy be removed from the library?
no it won't.  "challenged materials which meet the criteria for selection in the materials selection policy of the library should not be removed under any legal or extra-legal pressure unless there is a court order to the contrary."  non-removal of challenged library materials, 21 oct 2001, emphasis in original.  proof. yes it could, if only the library followed its own policy.  "the purpose of the oak lawn public library is ... to serve the educational and recreational needs of the community....  ....  it is not the purpose of the library to stimulate nor to cater to antisocial, prurient, or immoral interests."  oak lawn public library selection policy statement, 19 oct 2004.  proof of 1st sentenceproof of 2nd sentence.
by the way, why does the library play the game where patrons are allowed to challenge materials when its policy is that only a court order will remove material?  now if taxpayers are the "beneficiaries" of a library "board of trustees," why does that same board refuse to act upon patron request -- only acting upon court order?  are taxpayers the beneficiaries or is the ala the beneficiary, and, if so, the board is no longer acting on behalf of the taxpayers, thus the local government should be able to assert control.  besides, the excuse that libraries are autonomous is very tenuous:

"n.229.  courts, however, cannot expect libraries to act with the independence that other autonomous agencies display, even though the american library association urges libraries to resist such pressures.  am. library ass'n policy manual, supra note 70, p 53.1.1; see also id. pp 53.1, 53.1.15.  libraries, as service agencies, depend to a greater extent on the citizenry than other institutions that exercise some autonomy.  for example, police departments have available to them coercive powers and are thus less dependent upon pleasing the citizenry.  moreover, citizens are hardly likely to abolish a police department even if they are dissatisfied with its policies.  similarly, the courts and the federal reserve have either coercive powers or regulatory powers that make them much less vulnerable to the displeasure of a substantial portion of the populace."  filth, filtering, and the first amendment:  ruminations on public libraries' use of internet filtering software, 53 fed. comm. l.j. 191, mar 2001.  proof.
if playboy is largely pornographic in nature, will it be removed?
no.  "[i]n light of the findings of the ad hoc committee, ... i am declining to remove playboy from the library collections."  library directory james casey, 12 apr 2005.  proof. yes, it could.  "director james casey said he has looked at 'sex' and found it 'largely pornographic in nature; not the kind of book that a public library would buy.'"  library director james casey, 3 nov 1992.  proof.
could the library stop inappropriate images on unfiltered computers?
no.  "[i]t is impossible for the library to guarantee accuracy or to restrict and prevent access to controversial materials in electronic format."  access to electronic information policy, 21 jun 2005.  proof. yes.  "[p]ublic libraries have traditionally excluded pornographic material from their ... collections....  [t]he use of filtering software helps to carry [this] out...."  us v. ala, us supreme court, 2003.  proof.
may i know what books my child is borrowing?
no, not in illinois, the home state of the ala.  "the ... circulation records of a library are confidential information.  except pursuant to a court order, no person shall publish or make any information contained in such records available to the public."  75 ilcs 5/1-7.  proof. yes, other states are more reasonable.  "exempt: ... the parent or guardian of [a library patron less than 16 years of age]...."  florida statute section 257-261.  proof.
does the ala push inappropriate books on children?
yes, and here we raise the issue of a man repeatedly raping his daughter and his own three year old child/grandchild still in pampers, and when caught by the mother, the daughter is forced into oral sex with the mother.  while the ala says this book is only for the college bound in other places, here it says the book is great for any age, not just teens.  "push by sapphire  this book by sapphire is an excellent book for anyone not just teens.  although it does have some vulgar language the book has an overall great storyline and alot of different life lessons.  the girl in the book is physically, emotionally, and mentally affected.  she has been molested by both her mother and father, and is now bearing her fathers second child.  she continues in school while her mother also physically abuses her because she is upset about her husband leaveing her bed to go sleep with thier daughter.  the book is great!!  crystal p.proof. no, the same book is recommended for grade 11, 12, namely, the college bound.  "sapphire.  push.  1996.  knopf, $20 (0-679-44626-5).  gr. 11 and up.  untrained, uneducated, and pregnant by her father, claireece precious jones has nowhere to turn until ms. blue encourages her to read and write down everything in a journal.  as her writing becomes more accessible, she gains confidence in herself.  a graphic, poignant novel, best suited to mature readers."  booklist youth, v.95.  proof.

"sapphire.  push.  new york: knopf, 1996.  precious jones is a survivor.  she had her father's baby at 12 and now, at 16, she is pregnant by him again.  but an alternative school, a dedicated teacher, and classmates who understand help her fight back."  yalsa, booklists & book awards, outstanding books for the college bound.  proof.
does the ala push poor quality books just because of sexualized content?
yes.  "pam spencer holley of the [ala and leader of yalsa for youth, said] ... [s]he's happy to see teen girls reading.  eventually, girls who are reading gossip girls [a series of books about 'the exploits of a handful of rich, prep-school kids -- who drink, occasionally smoke pot and would sleep with a well-connected guy if it could guarantee admission to yale'] will move on to better books, she says.  'unless you read stuff that's perhaps not the most literary, you'll never understand what good works are,' says holley.  ....  besides, she says, what's the worst thing that can happen?  'nobody complains about the adult women who read harlequin romances.'"  racy reading.  proof.
does the ala push sexualized content so children can "experience something [like oral sex orgies] at a safe distance"?
yes.  "the overriding message kids get ... is that 'precocious and irresponsible sex' is the norm.  but books can provoke discussions, says pam spencer holley of the [ala and leader of yalsa for youth].  although she wouldn't hand a child a copy of 'rainbow party' [about an oral-sex party that never happens] without comment, she thinks that book -- and others -- can provoke family discussions.  'i think i'd say, "this is something we need to sit and talk about,"' says holley.  'it's a way for kids to experience something at a safe distance -- and a way for them to make up their minds about how they would respond in that kind of situation."  racy reading.  proof.

sadly, here is evidence of the results of the ala's successful efforts to flood american schools with sexualized books; we guess now that they have experienced sex at a safe distance, children are now using those lessons:  the cuddle puddle of stuyvesant high school, by alex morris, new york magazine, 6 feb 2006.

homeland security heroes silenced by self-deluded library propaganda!  an example of the effectiveness of the ala's propaganda machine:  getting government officials to silence themselves.

now that we have given examples of library doublespeak, here is another example of the effectiveness of the ala's propaganda campaign.  in policing porn is not part of job description; montgomery homeland security officers reassigned after library incident, 17 feb 2006, two montgomery county homeland security department heroes do the right thing, perhaps in the wrong way, by telling library users to stop viewing porn on public library computers!  reaction?  the librarians squawk their propaganda lines.  result?  the homeland security heroes are assigned to different jobs and their boss apologizes for their actions then apparently unknowingly spouts ala propaganda that a library is a public forum where anything goes and that people may view pornography unfettered.  (not true, read us v. ala.)

the ala has got the government officials to silence themselves using a propaganda technique called "conversion":  "we mean conversion of the average american's emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media."

even worse, the boss then says his whole department will undergo ala mind control:  "montgomery plans to train its homeland security officers 'so they fully understand library policy and its consistency with residents' first amendment rights under the u.s. constitution,' romer said in his statement."  here is a sneak peek at the ala's mind control sessions the montgomery county homeland security department will use due to its self delusion that library policy is pure and ala librarians know best and would never violate the law or endanger children:

repeat 100 times, 10 times a day while facing ala headquarters in chicago, il:
  • us v. ala does not exist.
  • it is age discrimination to keep kids from seeing porn.
  • a public library is an open forum where anything goes including pornography.
  • taxpayers have no control over public libraries and public school libraries because they are unsophisticated and librarians know best.
  • all people are equal but some people at the ala are more equal than others.
  • the ala knows more than the united states supreme court about what is constitutional.
  • it is the absolute right of the ala to supervise the formation of public opinion.
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