Magazine article American Libraries

Nampa Board Restores Joy of Sex Books

Magazine article American Libraries

Nampa Board Restores Joy of Sex Books

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The Nampa (Idaho) Public Library board voted unanimously September 5 to return to open circulation The Joy of Gay Sex and The New Joy of Sex in the latest move in a two-year battle between area social conservatives and freedom-to-read advocates regarding the books' presence in the library collection.

The trustees' decision to return the books to the stacks came two weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho wrote Nampa Mayor Tom Dale that the organization would file suit if the titles were not moved back to the shelves from the library director's office within 14 days. The board had approved the books' restriction in March, and reaffirmed the action in June, stipulating that it was complying with Idaho statute by shielding children from library holdings that could fall under the state's harmful-to-minors statute (AL, Aug., p. 25-26).

Declaring the sequestration policy to be in violation of the First Amendment, the August 25 letter from three pro-bono ACLU attorneys stressed that free-speech "precepts apply with particular force to public libraries. …

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