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Update: A parent of Yeshiva Orchos Chaim told GL, the official policy of the Yeshiva is no kid can go into the library – even with a parent.
The month of June is To’evah month. Many retail websites have an icon, statement photo or flag to show solidarity with the LGBT community. Privately owned sites can do as they please since we have the option not to patronize those businesses.
The Public library, by its very name, is different. Publicly funded by us the taxpayers, don’t we deserve a voice?
For the remainder of June books with Toevah characters and themes will be on display in our local (Lakewood) library. A librarian said that the children’s section will have a small display with the teen’s section having a more prominent presence.
As an extra bonus, the library has computers for our children to browse. Their computers have a low-level filter. GreaterLakewood spoke with the librarian who said in regards to the filter, “people get around them, it is pretty simple.”
Tens of thousands of ‘Lakewooders’ shlepped to Citi Field to fight the dangers of the web – now that there is a problem in our own backyards, let’s not ignore it!
The library should not allow this. We the people should not be FORCED to fund things (with our taxes dollars) that go against our beliefs.
Why is it ok for our impressionable children to go watch whatever they want for as long as they want?
Here is a photo taken last week by a GL reporter.
Libraries work on an annual budget based on city/county allocations, or property tax allocations. With the average of $200 of a homeowners yearly taxes going to the Library. If we fund it, don’t we deserve a say?
Many parents are unaware that a place promoting literacy and education is also promoting ideas against our morals. As devoted parents we invest time, effort and money into our children. We vet their friends and institutions. We restrict, monitor and filter their devices.
GreaterLakewood spoke with a 16 year-old-boy (who we will refer to as Moishe). On the outside Moishe seems like your typical Chassidish Teen on the inside he struggles with keeping Shabbos.
Moishe was first exposed to movies at the library. His parents wouldn’t allow it in the home, so he used a guest pass to enter the library and access their computers – with headphones – for hours on end. Moishe said his parents were unaware there was public internet access at the Library.
Here’s what can be done:
1. SPEAK UP – Reach out to ourcounty officials, about the library, and ask:
Why we are forced to pay for content that goes against our religion.
2. EDUCATE – Parents and schools must be aware of the dangers in our midst. Awareness before prevention.
3. INNOVATE – It may be time to open to a Jewish library. There are thousands of clean books and videos allowing us to offer a kosher alternative.