If you are attending the Massachusetts Library Association conference in Falmouth this Thursday, come hear Simmons College library school professor Maggie Bush and me talk about the intersection of parents, children and libraries in the question of equal access to library materials.
Let's say Janie wants to read the Harry Potter books. Let's say Janie's parents think the books are Satanic how-to manuals. Whose interests should the library serve? The standard professional answer is that if Janie's parents wish to restrict her reading they should accompany her to the library and put the kibosh on her reading or checking out any material they don't want her to have. But should we encourage them to do so? What about our obligation to provide Janie with the information and reading materials of her choice? How can we best help Janie exercise her right to read what she wants? That's what we will be talking about.