Magazine article American Libraries

Occult Concerns Jinx Teen Read Program

Magazine article American Libraries

Occult Concerns Jinx Teen Read Program

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Pickens County (S.C.) Library System officials have withdrawn the library's participation in a nationwide teen reading program within days of its scheduled June 7 launch due to 11th-hour threats against the library, PCLS Director Marguerite Keenan told American Libraries. "My understanding is that it was announced at a church service that we were promoting witchcraft and teaching other religions in our young adult program," Keenan explained, saying that the library received one call stating they were "going to get us" and threatening to picket. Faced with the prospect of "having children walk through pickets was just horrible, so from that perspective, we decided we would just cancel [the entire series]."

"We weren't against the reading program itself at all," asserted Pastor David Gallamore in the June 6 Greenville News. He acknowledged telling parishioners of the Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, South Carolina, about PCLS's mystery-and-suspense-themed "You Never Know @ your library" summer series and his objections to horoscopes and Tarot cards being part of the June 14 "What's Your Sign? …

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