We have been berating government officials for pushing more and more electronic devices on children, especially with Covid school closures. Before anyone heard of Covid, parents in Colorado discovered online library data bases being used in their school district and were dismayed at the content within. Since then, it seems the need for children to have an online presence has increased and the source of the pressure is from those we elect.
In some municipalities in Arizona, school libraries are physically connected to city libraries. That is convenient for families and should save the taxpayers money (as though cities care about that), but suddenly there is no deliniation between children and adults and their access to inappropriate material.
So why is obscene material downloaded into databases for all to access? We have some emails from State of Arizona employees which explain the library financial web. What a surprise, another government financial labyrinth. Who knew?
What is the Library Services and Technology Act? Here is a screenshot from Wikipedia which lays it all out.
The American Library Association is a powerful entity which is pushing non-traditional books and materials to children. When they are challenged, members use the First Amendment to justify sharing obscene material to kids. The group loves to pretend they are smarter than parents, calling the challenge to obscene material “intellectual censorship.” The American Library Association has an advocacy link on its website.
So what did the State of Arizona do with this power and money? The state purchased EBSCO and GALE databases for schools and public libraries, so children have all the access they want to controversial reading material. Look at this Dirty Dozen List from 2017. Both EBSCO and the American Library Association made the list for their sexual exploitation of children. And here is the bonus: We taxpayers got to pay for it in multiple layers!
If you can stomach this, read this link from MassResistance about a local library director in Massachusetts. The interview with the director and photos in the article tell quite a story.
The biggest trophy goes to EBSCO, who was still on the sexual exploitation list in 2021.
Back to Arizona, here is the contract for EBSCO.
When your school or library tells parents they have filters to protect children from obscene materials, they are incorrect. Here is how adult material is packaged with other subjects. It’s similar to purchasing a cable package; there are lots of channels we must accept to get the channels we really want.
How about this? Graphic novels for children.
Let’s not forget GALE, another online database. Below is a chart with the cost share per Arizona county. When discussing GALE, we will also refer to Cengage, its parent company.
Like EBSCO above, here is Cengage’s (GALE) contract with Arizona.
Cengage is not going to miss out on the clicks for genders studies, especially since the Arizona Legislature gave it the go-ahead last summer.
There are various packages the state of Arizona can choose from. GALE made sure to stick Gender Studies throughout.
Once again, we have a top-down directive from the federal government that ensnares citizens on the local level. Can anyone in Congress tell us where we might find “library funding” in our Constitution?