Dolton Public Library District

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Freedom to Read

Your personal right to read

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  1. It is in the public interest for the Board of Directors and Librarian to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.
  2. The Board of Directors and Librarian do not need to endorse every idea or presentation contained in the books they make available.  It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral or aesthetic views as the sole standard for determining what books should be published or circulated.
  3. It is contrary to the public interest for the Board of Directors or Librarian to determine the acceptability of a book solely on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.
  4. The present laws dealing with obscenity should be vigorously enforced.  Beyond that there is no place in our society for extra-legal efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.
  5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any book the prejudgment of a label characterizing the book or author as subversive or dangerous.
  6. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors and Librarian, as guardians of the people's reedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.
  7. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors and Librarian to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality of thought and expression.  By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a bad book is a good one, the answer to a bad idea is a good one.