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Library Investigation

   July 16th, 2008

WHDH-7 logoOne of the local television stations in Boston, WHDH 7, just aired an investigative story into libraries:

Theaters and video stores usually require an age of 17 or older to see or rent an R-Rated release, unless there is parental permission. But something altogether different is going on in some local libraries. 7News' Jonathan Hall investigates.

Read the transcript, or watch the video.

This is similar to the situation we had here a little while ago (except without the undercover investigators), which prompted us to put label ratings on VHS and DVDs when possible. And it looks like the Boston Public Library, "in line with American Library Association guidelines," is on the same page as us.

Libraries do not raise children, we provide access to information. Parents raise children, and we do what we can to support that need - while at the same time supporting the informational and educational needs of everyone else in the community.

I found this news report interesting, but a bit sensationalized. I'm sure as long as there are parents and children (and news outlets in need of ratings), issues like this will never die.

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2 Responses to “Library Investigation”

  1. Jeff Says:

    We had the same story for Maricopa County libraries on channel 15’s Investigators. Oh my goodness, you check out R rated movies to teens? Only if the parent says its ok 🙂

  2. John Fudrow Says:

    Imagine what will happen when the news reporters look at the books lining the shelves. Books filled with murder, sexual practices, and even drugs. They don’t even have warnings on them. Library or smut depository? Join us at 11.