Oklahoma library cancels adult romance book club after board bans sexual content

Romance novel
(Image credit: iStock)

Last week, the board of directors of the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County in Enid, Oklahoma, voted 3-2 to ban book displays and library programs that focus on sexual content. "We're not restricting anyone's access," library board chairman Joseph Fletcher, who wrote the new policy, argued before the vote. "We're not kicking books out. We're talking about not having displays or programs that focus on anyone's viewpoint on sex and sexuality."

To comply with the new policy, the public library canceled a Sexual Assault Awareness Month program, including a presentation on abuse prevention from the Enid YWCA and the inaugural Shameless Romance book club meeting. Library staff also concluded book displays on LGBTQ+ pride would have to be canceled.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us