Sanibel Public Library Board discusses LGBTQ+ children’s books

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The Sanibel Public Library Board is meeting Thursday morning to discuss certain LGBTQ+ children's books following some parents' complaints.
The youth section of the Sanibel Public Library. Credit: WINK News

The debate over the handling of gender identity in children’s books reached Southwest Florida, as the Sanibel Public Library Board met Thursday to discuss certain LGBTQ+ books following some parents’ complaints.

The initial complaints came from a group of parents who expressed concern to library staff after finding books with LGBTQ+ subject matter on display in the youth section during Pride Month. The books, written for ages 3 to 8, address topics such as being non-binary and transgender. While board members say they recognize some library materials chosen may be offensive, shocking or simply boring to certain sensibilities, they also recognize the same can be meaningful and affirming to others.

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