Report: “Rural Washington Library Could Be Nation’s First to Dissolve After Book Challenges”
UPDATE September 21, 2023:
- Proposition to Close Columbia County Library Is Unconstitutional, Court Commissioner Rules (via The Spokesman-Review)
From the Northwest News Network:
The Columbia County Library in southeastern Washington stands less than a block off Dayton’s Main Street — in a historic red-brick building that now houses more than 30,000 books.
The fate of this building, the contents inside and the community it fosters will now be in the hands of 1,076 active county voters this November.
Some residents connect the current vitriol over the public library to larger culture wars widening divides across the country. Others say it’s a local issue, only affecting the county and its seat, Dayton, home to just one traffic light and the one library.
What started out as a request to remove or reshelve 11 books for children and young adults, which some residents deem pornographic and obscene, has now morphed into the potential dissolution of the county’s only library. If this happens, current librarians said everything that’s not nailed down goes to the State Library, from books to computers to furniture. The building would return to the City of Dayton.
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