Where is the library's homosexual agenda?
There is an old adage that one is entitled to his or her own opinion, but not their own facts. I write this as I read the Herald article about the controversy involving Cook Memorial Library President Bonnie Quirck's comments that were revealed recently at the library board meeting.
Ms. Quirck wrote that "the library abounds with the homosexual agenda, especially in the children's department." She pointed out, as an example, the book, "Heather Has Two Mommies."
As a longtime patron of the Cook Library, I have visited the library frequently, including the children's section. I found the children's section to show a diverse collection of books for children and young adults to read, and I certainly did not find any heavy influence of books relating to any homosexual agenda.
She goes on to say that the ALA is as "left as you can get." As a retired history and government teacher, I enjoy looking at the wide variety of books relating to American history, government and politics. While many of the authors would be considered "liberal," I have seen books prominently displayed authored by Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, George Will, Laura Ingram, Mark Levin, Mitch McConnell and, yes, even Donald Trump. I would hardly label these authors as liberals.
I believe a community's library should reflect the diversity of that community, and I believe that Cook Library does that very well. Ms. Quirck, in my opinion, needs to better familiarize herself with her own library.