|Petition for Change in Library Policy Creates Controversy
By Michael Miller (May 7, 2003)
This was voted on after a long debate involving many citizens of Falls Church, in which views on the policy ranged from wanting to keep the policy as it had been, where everyone had full confidentiality, to allowing parents to see the records of any children under 18. Topics relating to this change were also discussed, such as the library’s policies on censorship and adding new books to their collection.
Advocates for maintaining the current policy questioned whether or not
this change in the policy was "attempting to achieve a legitimate governmental
objective" and that children "should be encouraged to read about controversial
topics and form their own opinions."
A petition had been passed around that over 60 seniors signed against the change. "I think that it’s unnecessary, because if parents don’t trust their kids that much, then maybe they shouldn’t even have a library card" said senior Kristin Sommers.
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