Magazine article American Libraries

Parents Protest Digital Library Titles

Magazine article American Libraries

Parents Protest Digital Library Titles

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Materials accessible through a commercially packaged virtual library offered at schools in Hillsborough County, Florida, have drawn criticism from parents because of the titles' alleged graphic content.

A pilot program in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) provides access to myON--a library of enhanced digital books that recommends titles based on student interests and reading levels. HCPS has offered it at school and home to some students for two years, and is currently rolling out the service districtwide.

Parents Kelly and Mike Neill protested when their 7-year-old son described details about a murder that he read about through the system. The couple also objected to stories their son accessed about urban legends and witchcraft.

Todd Brekhus, president of Capstone Digital, the company that offers myON, said in the April 18 eSchool News that the books the parents objected to were intended for 5th grade and above, although the company hadn't seen the need to restrict the content. …

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