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A mess on the shelves

Public libraries are enthusiastically joining the LGBTQ crusade

A mess on the shelves

I drove to the library for a book by Max Lucado that might help me with my puppet show. I asked the librarian if she had heard of him. She said yes. We walked together to the “L’s” and she went through the motions of looking, but no Lucado was to be found between the Longs and Ludvigs.

What I did spot was a large free-standing rack of children’s fare dedicated to LGBTQ topics. 

I said, perplexed: “Lucado is a famous author. What happened?” “There are new authors coming out all the time,” she said. “So the new titles push out the old?” I asked, not wanting to embarrass her or myself, though already suspecting it was more than that. “Unless they’re classics,” she gratefully seized on my out.

You are probably not so thoughtless as I have been to suppose that books just somehow show up in libraries—the way we all once thought babies just showed up in hospitals. You probably have not been so naïve as to think that beneath the sartorial primness of the local librarian still beats the heart of old heartland American virtues. 

I googled the ALA (American Library Association) official magazine, American Libraries. The home page featured a drag queen in a hot red dress, faux pearls, garishly painted eyes, and a strawberry blond wig, dancing in seductive manner before a roomful of sponge-like 3-year-olds, the caption promising to bring this show on the road to all of America, including “red-state towns like Juneau, Alaska, and Lincoln, Nebraska.”

‘Librarians are suiting up for battle.’—American Libraries, June 2017

A June 2017 article titled “Standing Up for Our Communities” announces:

“Librarians are suiting up for battle. Faced with … an awakening of hate groups …, librarians have become more emboldened by their core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are fighting to maintain those values. … This is a guide for librarians seeking best practices to serve the LGBTQ+ youth community in these times of uncertainty, and a road map for those who might be new to serving this community. 

“… ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) has developed a series of professional tools for serving LGBTQ+ library users. … The latest toolkit is an eight-page document that … covers a variety of topics including user needs, collection development [italics mine], terminology, outreach, and recommended reading.”

Christian Max Lucado evidently didn’t make it through the “collection development” process.

I grabbed three colorful hardcover books from the LGBTQ display, sat in the kids’ room, and read them one by one:

Transphobia: Deal With It, by J. Wallace Skelton, is a large-picture book that starts with a bang. Certain female students complain to the coach that a trans girl (i.e., biological male child “transitioning” to, or declaring himself, female) on their team has an unfair advantage in competitions. These complainers are schooled in short order. One by one, other unenlightened objections against fellow trans students are set straight. Trans is to be celebrated.

Princess Princess Ever After, by Katie O’Neill, manages to have it all: LGBTQ, race, and toxic masculinity propaganda packaged in one revisionist knight-in-shining-armor story. A (white and weak) princess named Sadie is rescued by a dashing (black and butch) princess named Amira, and they ride off on Amira’s horse into the sunset and love “ever after,” but not before making a dunce of a boorish and bumbling (white male) prince who is not up to the job of rescuing.

Star-Crossed, by Barbara Dee, takes us back to school where 12-year-old Mattie, by a lucky turn of events, gets to play Romeo to a Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet in the 8th grade play, Gemma being a girl she has a mad crush on—though she is also attracted to Elijah (there’s your “B” in “LGBTQ”).

Feeling nauseated after my foray into modern kids’ lit, I brought the three books to the front desk and complained to the librarian about the library’s all-out effort to plant these disturbing suggestions into innocent minds.

“Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin” (Luke 17:1-2).


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  • CJ
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 11:39 am

    the first chapter of Romans comes to mind. Our culture is reaping decades of denying our Creator. How tragic that our children suffer the consequences. 

  • Brandi Reaves
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 01:36 pm

    Thank you for this article. As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, my family uses the library regularly. I shared this article with two of my children, whose responses were, “Why would they do that, mom?” But it got me thinking, why would the library wage an “all-out effort to plant these disturbing suggestions into innocent minds.” My only thought is that, as with most things, it has to do with money. Perhaps an investigative report into LGBT activist donations to the American Library Association is in order?

  • WJ
    Posted: Tue, 06/18/2019 03:54 pm

    As a professional librarian since 1994 in academic and public settings, the profession leans heavily left.  I have been censored by the best of 'em.  I understand the feeling that libraries have left "their first love," those with traditional family values in favor of various fringe groups.  The collection development philosophy of many public library systems reflects a "high demand" orientation.  Therefore, if you want to see it in the library, you'll need to ask for it and use it.  But, since many people operating from a biblical worldview have checked out of LibraryLand, items reflecting a nonbiblical worldview are growing.  Most conservatives lack the passion of leftists.  How does being quiet line up with Jesus' admonition to be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove?  Withdrawing from the fight is a losing strategy.  Complaining is a stereotypical attitude associated with "judgmental" fundamentalists.  Therefore, making positive efforts to re-orient your community library are recommended.  Ask for biblical worldview titles, fiction or nonfiction, music, movies, etc.  Use these items often.  Get involved with the Friends of the Library.  Ask for space to gather and foster community, like for a book discussion group.  Don't give up.  Stay the course.  Press on.  Those who endure to the end will be saved.  Expect a few scars along the journey.

  • Timmons's picture
    Posted: Sun, 06/23/2019 08:36 am

    This afternoon, a public library in my county is having "Drag Queen Story Hour" followed by a makeup tutorial for teens. Some Christian families have been trying to raise support against this event for weeks, and we're going to pray outside the library after church (we have permission from the county and the sheriff's office). This is the latest offense from the library, including porn displays in the children's section and a comprehensive sex ed class taught by a lesbian pole dancer - no parents allowed. Many people in our church community react to these issues by checking out; they just won't go to the library so they won't have to deal with this stuff.

    The solution we are trying to pursue is to make our library board accountable to the county commissioners. Our conservative majority district can vote for representatives of our values, and they can keep the library in line and control funding. Without accountability to anyone, the library board has absolute power.

  • Beth
    Posted: Tue, 06/25/2019 12:29 pm

    I live in one of the most liberal cities and counties in the country (Seattle, King County) and we have many Drag Queen Story Hours scheduled this month.  Besides those, King County libraries just hosted a Teen Pride event on Saturday advertised for both teens and tweens (10-12 year-olds).  A handful of conservative moms went, not to protest but to observe.  What we observed was quite shocking, including tables full of sexual paraphernalia and literature in the open area of the library, a raffle giving away 8 chest binders with no parental notification, a very frank and graphic "Safer Sex" presentation by Planned Parenthood, and a strip-tease drag queen show.  We took video and pictures documenting it.  
    We may not be able to stop it, but we will broadcast it so that people who agree that it is abhorrent to have this event for children will speak up.

  • ST
    Posted: Sat, 08/03/2019 07:41 pm

    As a librarian myself, I can tell you that it is definitely a bit lonely for conservatives (and really anyone but radical progressives) in the ALA landscape. I don’t work in a public library, but I have observed the environment is most extreme there, as Andree points out. But there are things we can do to suit up for battle as well! Specifically in public libraries, we do have a voice to at least attempt to influence colection development. Check your public library system’s website for how to suggest titles the library does not currently offer, and get your friends and neighbors to suggest them too! For example, see check the website for how to request interlibrary loans (the library gets a book for you from another branch that does have it). Librarians love tracking usage statistics, so if they see a title requested (or suggested) often, they will take notice and may consider acquiring it. Also, many public libraries accept donated books. And if you have questions about your library’s collection development policies, be sure to ask a librarian (many people working in the library are aids or techs who may not know or influence specific policies). 

    I’ll also just say that I’m saddened by this trend in public libraries - they are supposed to be for everyone, but more traditional families are getting pushed out and underserved, which to me goes against everything a librarian is supposed to champion.