Letter: ‘A public library serves the entire community’
Libraries have traditionally had an obligation to present all sides of an issue, and serve all members of their community. The recent Gay Pride display at the Gloucester Public Library was just such an example.
African Americans and women have both had their rights violated in the past. Where would African Americans be if nobody had protested when their civil rights were abused? Where would women be today if people sat by while they were not allowed to vote, or own land? I think you get the picture. People have to take a stand for what they feel is right, but libraries should be at the front of the line to have the displays and books about all sides of an issue.
You have a right not to agree with gay rights. If you do not wish to read about gay rights, or have your children read books written by gay authors, that is your right. Use this opportunity to have a discussion with your children about your personal beliefs, but please do not question the library’s right or obligation to put up a display.
A public library serves the entire community and I would like to think that means it does not discriminate on race, creed, gender or political persuasion.