link: Libraries Remind Parents of Responsibilities | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Although we’ve recently seen this issue arise when a book was challenged and retained at the Indianapolis public library and last year in the King County Library System near Seattle, the Tribune article was sparked by a controversy in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove. The town’s library is currently running a film series that includes some popular and/or critically acclaimed R-rated movies: Safety Not Guaranteed, the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The controversy first arose at the June 25 screening of Priscilla, when a library board member in attendance noticed that the employee tasked with showing the film and monitoring the room was a 16-year-old girl. Although the teen’s own parent had signed a waiver allowing her to show the movies as part of her job, board member Cathy Peters publicly insisted that “the majority of our taxpayers would be offended by this hiring.” Throughout the summer, Peters continued to pressure library administrators to have an adult employee show the films. By the time the Tribune article appeared last week, the teen had left the library for another job.


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