Magazine article American Libraries

Patron Loses Privileges for Defacing Magazine

Magazine article American Libraries

Patron Loses Privileges for Defacing Magazine

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A 77-year-old patron who confiscated the front cover of the November 11 issue of the Advocate on display at the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library's Scotland Avenue branch lost his borrowing privileges for a month.

John Callaghan objected to the photo on the cover of the gay-interest news magazine, which depicted two bare-chested male Cirque du Soleil performers, one black and one white, on the verge of kissing each other. "I'm old-fashioned and have grandchildren, and this magazine was eye-level," Callaghan said in the November 20 Newport News Daily Press.

In a November 21 letter, the library informed Callaghan that his privileges would be suspended from November 24 to December 24. "Everyone is deeply concerned about this issue and is concerned that library policy, as well as Virginia Code, was violated," Library Director John Moorman told the newspaper. "It's an issue I think of tolerance and respect for the wide variety of individuals that live in our community. …

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