Fresno Seeks Applicants for its Library Book Review Committee

It’s full steam ahead for Fresno County’s controversial library book review committee. Approved by supervisors last year, the body will review county library material to ensure it meets yet-to-be-developed “community standards.” Books that don’t meet those standards will require parental consent before they can be checked out by a minor.

One of the best ways to influence the direction of the committee is to become a member. Interested parties have until April 26 to apply. Applications can be found here.

The committee will consist of 11 people. Each supervisor will appoint two members. The final member will be appointed by the county’s chief administrative officer.

The committee is facing opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union and LGBTQ+ groups. Opponents believe books that discuss LGBTQ issues will be targeted by the panel for censorship. That’s a claim County Supervisor Steve Brandau denies. 

"I went to great lengths to make sure that I personally wasn’t targeting them,” Brandau told Fresnoland.

The public will know soon enough if certain subjects are being singled out. A list of the flagged material requiring parental consent will be made available at each of the library’s 34 branches.



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