LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) — Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says he will be sending a letter to the Livingston Parish Library Board asking to reclassify certain books.
“I do think as, first of all as a Christian, as parish president of Livingston Parish, as a father, a grandfather, and a concerned citizen that we do have the right to ask the library to at least take books that are controversial of the sexual nature, illustrative, whatever. At least put them in a place within the library, cause these are public funded libraries, in the library where they can be monitored so when kids come in they cannot just happen upon these things,” Ricks said.
“I am asking them to at least put these books in a place within the library in more of an adult-type section that can be monitored by library personnel or at least make sure a child has a parent or guardian that’s okaying them for whatever reason to view those books,” Ricks said. “So I’m asking for a resolution in support of the letter I’m sending.”
The resolution was unanimously approved Thursday by the Livingston Parish Council.
A July Livingston Parish Library Board meeting sparked debate on book content. Books that were on a list for possible bans or restrictions included “Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy,” “Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens,” “It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity,” “Polygamy,” “Transgender People,” “Sex is a Funny Word,” “The Gender Quest Workbook” and “Gay Parenting.”