Illinois: “Elmhurst Library Considers Policy on M-Rated Video Games”
Note: Elmhurst, IL is a Chicago suburb that’s located south of O’Hare International Airport.
From the Chicago Tribune:
A small group of Elmhurst residents is urging the Elmhurst Public Library to take a closer look at violent M-rated video games, both in the titles selected and in the money spent buying the games.
Resident Elaine Fleming, a psychotherapist, recently told City Council members she and four or five other residents had asked the library board to review its selection process for the games, which often feature realistic graphics of weapon use, killings and other violence.
“We’re not asking for a ban,” Fleming said. “We are asking that the library put some policies in place to review these games.”
Several nearby libraries do not carry the games, whether for reasons of policy or budget constraints.
The Naperville Public Library doesn’t collect video games at all, according to deputy director Julie Rothenfluh.
“We had some budget cuts, and with so many different platforms, we just never got into it,” Rothenfluh said.
Reference librarians at the Wood Dale Public Library and the Oak Brook Public Library said they do not include M-rated games in their collections.
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See Also: Elmhurst Public Library Materials Selection Policy (via ElmhurstPublicLibrary.org)
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