Tennessee: “Book Bans are Expanding From Schools Into Public Libraries in Sumner County. The Group Behind the Shift is Contributing to a Culture of Fear.”
A large crowd gathered outside the Hendersonville Public Library on a drizzly Saturday morning to hear the actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron at a story time event in February 2023.
They circled around the flagpole, recited the pledge of allegiance and sang the national anthem, and Cameron led them in prayer.
Inside, before the library opened to the public, swimmer Riley Gaines — who’s known for advocating against transgender athletes in women’s sports — was filming a promotion. In a video that has since gone viral, she gets upset at library staff for making noise in the background.
It’s unclear whether the disruption was intentional, but the damage was done.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.