From: Joe Prendergast
UPDATE: Mayor of Dixon, Liandro Arellano Jr, released this statement to YAF: “My first reaction upon seeing these graphic sexual images was to be very disturbed that the book targets minors. I immediately alerted our City Manager to the public concerns and added my concern there as well. The library board has also been made aware of the issues and is expected to discuss them at tonight’s library board meeting. In Illinois, the city does not have direct control over the library, but we do have an oversight role. I think parents and leaders need to work together and be vigilant in any city, and Dixon is no exception. I’m glad that was brought to our attention.
A graphic novel containing lewd images depicting oral sex was recently discovered in the Young Adult section of a public library in Dixon, Illinois, according to a tip received through the Campus Bias Tip Line of the Young America’s Foundation.
Jill Hayes, a local mother, was visiting the Dixon Public Library with her one-year-old son when he accidentally knocked a book over on the floor.
Flipping through the book and noticing its explicit sexual content, Hayes realized that the book did not belong on the shelves of a section intended for children between the ages of twelve and seventeen.
In order to prevent children from being exposed to pornographic material, Hayes decided to check out the book herself.
Further investigation revealed that another Dixon Public Library title “Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance,” by S. W. Searle, also contained explicit content inappropriate for minors. This book was displayed at the reception of the library. Although it says “ADULTS ONLY” on the back cover (in relatively small type), it was child friendly and is in a format that appeals to kids and teens (graphic novel).
The images inside the book are too graphic to be included in this article.
“As a mother, I was appalled to find the graphic and vulgar content easily accessible to children of all ages in the public library. I will work hard to protect the innocence of my children and those in our community,” a- she wrote in a letter to the city’s mayor, Liandro Arellano, as well as the library’s board of directors.
The Dixon Public Library and the Mayor of Dixon did not respond to YAF’s request for comment.
Some may expect Ronald Reagan’s charming small-town home to protect his children from such perversities. Unfortunately, the widespread availability of disturbing underage sexual content in public libraries is no longer just a problem for big cities and coastal elites.
Situations like this underscore the importance of YAF’s Long Game efforts to reach younger audiences and the expansion of YAF’s presence in the Midwest by establishing a Midwest office at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon.
YAF will continue to work with students and parents across the country to help them fight for the integrity and well-being of rising generations.