St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and St. Charles City Mayor Dan Borgmeyer are lobbying for stricter regulations on library materials in an effort to remove sexually explicit content. Specifically, they are urging the St. Charles City-County Library Board of Trustees to review a book called “Bang Like a Porn Star: Sex Tips From the Pros” and consider placing sexually explicit books in designated areas within library branches.
The push to restrict access to the book has ignited a heated debate among the community. While proponents argue that such literature promotes freedom of expression and self-discovery, opponents, including AJ Terrell, assert that it is inappropriate for public libraries and poses a risk to children.
Terrell, along with other concerned citizens, voiced their opinions at a recent library board meeting, pressing for a review of the book and emphasizing their belief that it has no place in a tax-supported library. Ehlmann and Borgmeyer share their sentiments and back their cause.
Although the controversial book was initially discovered at the Kisker Branch Library in September, subsequent investigations revealed its presence at four branches throughout St. Charles City and County. As of now, all copies are checked out with a waiting list.
To address the concerns raised by critics, the St. Charles City-County Library Board of Trustees will establish a committee tasked with reviewing the book’s content and determining whether it violates any laws.
The request made by St. Charles’s leaders is not the first of its kind. The library has confirmed the receipt of at least two other requests to remove controversial books.
This latest development signals an ongoing struggle between opposing views on what is deemed appropriate for public consumption in educational and community spaces within St. Charles County.
1. Why are Steve Ehlmann and Dan Borgmeyer advocating for book restrictions in local libraries?
Steve Ehlmann and Dan Borgmeyer are pushing for stricter regulations on library materials to remove sexually explicit content and ensure it is not easily accessible to children.
2. What are the arguments from those opposing the book’s removal?
Opponents argue that such literature supports freedom of expression and self-discovery, asserting that everyone deserves a chance to explore and learn about themselves.
3. How will the St. Charles City-County Library Board of Trustees address the concerns?
The library board will form a committee to review the book and assess whether it violates any laws. This review process will help inform their decision on how to handle sexually explicit materials in the library system.