The City of Coronado will revise its public library’s practices for sharing youth programming content due to public concerns and comments about the illustrations in a specific book, The Rainbow Parade by Emily Neilson. The City will not, however, remove books from its shelves.
“Our library is a community hub, it provides a lot for us all and it is a place of welcome,” said City Manager Tina Friend. “We have done this to put more power and control into parents’ hands. We believe in the ethos of being a place for all, having a lot of viewpoints represented, and letting people curate their reading for themselves.”
The Coronado Public Library has implemented three changes to its Story Time hours held twice a week for toddlers and preschoolers.
- Scheduled topics for story hour programs will be posted a month in advance on its website.
- The selected books will be displayed at the library’s front desk 10 to 15 minutes prior to the Story time’s start, providing parents the opportunity to review them.
- Library staff will review the selected books more closely. No books will be removed from the collection. The library’s policy that any child under the age of eight must be accompanied by a parent or guardian is still in place to ensure material accessed is approved by the child’s family. The children’s section of the library is designed for ages zero to 12, so its range of maturity of subject matter is broad.