Wellington library access issue sparks conversation about responsibility

Wellington Town Council recently voted to ban essentially all books in the town’s public library.

Previously, resident Christine Gaiter asked the board in August to remove 19 books from the public library’s shelves and put them in a place that children cannot access without adult permission.

The board later did not decide to remove or restrict books, but approved a resolution 5-2 stating that the board could not “censor, suppress, delete, monitor, or place age limits on ideas or information in our public libraries.”

So we asked our Colorado Conversation community a question: Should Wellington’s ban on books be a model for other Colorado libraries?

Conversations on the issue and comments on Coloradoans reporting on the issue explored some of these potential concerns:

Wellington residents waited in line to address the town's board and share their support or opposition to a resolution to prevent the board from restricting library materials.

How does the community decide what is harmful?

Gate’s request was in response to pornography in books such as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “The Perks of a Wallflower,” and “The Bluest Eye.”

“My problem is that the books have too much graphic detail about sexuality,” she said. “They are not suitable for children. Libraries should be safe places for families and children.”

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