Magazine article American Libraries

Joy of Books Stay, Donor Departs

Magazine article American Libraries

Joy of Books Stay, Donor Departs

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Nampa, Idaho, business owner Larry Knapp has announced that he will withhold a $10,000 donation he had considered making toward a new library facility to protest the Nampa Public Library board's decision to retain The Joy of Sex and The Joy of Gay Sex in the collection. "Why would you want to create a larger problem?" Knapp said in the June 27 Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune, noting that the library officials' decision was an unpopular one and "from a business perspective that's a bad policy."

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Trustees acted June 19 in response to a complaint by area pastor Randy Jackson, the latest in a string of objections over several years to gay-positive materials on library shelves (AL, Feb. 2002, p. 21). In a prepared statement issued after the meeting, Board Chairwoman Sharon Brooks said, "The majority of trustees agreed that these texts, however some might feel about their graphic nature, were intended as legitimate sources of information rather than as an appeal to prurient interests. …

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