Jones Library on a snowy day
The Jones Library is now in that unenviable position of dealing with a handful of parents concerned about reading material available in the Children's Room. The formal name of the room kind of gives you an idea of the room's demographic.
The problem is an ancient comics series "Tintin" that has some, err, dated ideas about race relations which could pollute the minds of young children. Their solution, fortunately, is not outright censorship, aka the 1999 'West Side Story' "racism" debacle at Amherst Regional High School.
They simply want the book series moved to the Young Adult section.
Although that would probably be like moving 'Cat In The Hat' from the Children's Section to Young Adult where the clientele would be a tad too mature to wish to read it.
Dr Seuss war effort
Of course the argument could be made that Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, penned some let us say less than flattering portrayals of Emperor Hirohito and should also be moved. That too was a "different time," and that particular cartoon appeared in print less than three months after the Japanese perpetrated their infamous Ninja raid on Pearl Harbor.
This morning Jones Library Trustees took up discussion of the potentially volatile issue after the Library Director Sharon Sharry refused to take the parents suggestion. The Trustees took the safe way out by not taking a formal position because no one made a motion one way or the other.
But the board did send three suggestions to the Library Director: Let patrons know the Jones Library does not vet material for content (even children's books); perhaps move the items within the Children's Room to a less visible location; and work with the concerned parents to come up with an educational program on racism in children's books.
Or, individual parents could just prevent their kids from picking up the 'Tintin' series.
Martin Luther King, Jr.