Idaho library reports political books are frequently hidden
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Staff at an Idaho library have confirmed at least one person is intentionally hiding books dealing with issues traditionally assigned to more liberal political platforms.
Books promoting LGBTQ rights, discussing gun control policies and criticizing President Donald Trump were found hidden in spaces throughout the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported Wednesday.
Library Director Bette Ammon is certain the activity is not an accident or miscommunication after receiving an anonymous comment card.
“I noticed a large volume of Books attacking our President,” the comment card said. “I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds. Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.”
Books on other topics were also moved including readings on impeachment, white privilege and women voting rights, staff members said.
“Your library tries hard to purchase well-reviewed books on all sides and most of these books are frequently checked out and not on display,” library staff responded.
For each book that is hidden, the library spends up to $20 for a replacement and hours of time to locate the original copies.
“It’s censorship, plain and simple,” Ammon said.
Books are hidden about five times a week to 10 times a month, she said. They are usually recovered days later in spots the farthest from staff vantage points.
“The public library supports the city they serve. We have a lot of interests and diverse opinions. We try to have books that represent all of those interests and opinions,” Ammon said.
Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com