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Thursday, 14 March 2019 03:02

Andover Public Library will keep trans children’s books in the kids' section

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The board of Directors at the Andover Public Library in Kansas kept transgender children books entitled “I am Jazz”, “George” and “Lily and Dunkin” in the kids' section.

I am Jazz” is the biography of Jazz, a trans teenager, illustrated in a picture book, which you will find among the juvenile nonfiction.

George” and “Lily and Dunkin” are both classified in the juvenile fiction category at the library. Both works relate to transgender children in fourth grade and in eighth grade.

The board’s vote followed a complaint that was filed not to remove the books from the library, but to move them to the adult section because of inappropriate “sexual content” for kids.

It had been mentioned "sexual revolution agenda, indoctrination of children," and this kind of crap.

At a first meeting in January, board member Cindy Pfieffer, a former school librarian, had noted that it was important to be careful before moving books from their recommended section.

“What happens when you move books to different categories is they can get lost from their intended audience,” she said. “And ‘George’ is set in fourth or fifth grade. In my experience with middle school and high school kids, they will not read down. If you’re in sixth grade, you do not want to read about fourth-graders.”

Transgender people also testified. These books could provide a better understanding for youths who want to learn more about their own trans identities and they have to be able to access this content.

After taking the time to read the books in question and after finding that there was nothing shocking or sexual in these works, the board of directors at the Andover Public Library decided by a 6-1 vote to keep the transgender children books in the kids' section.


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