“What we are doing right now is a disservice at best, at worst it masquerades as peace,” said Mandy Meisner, Anoka County Commissioner. “It’s actually not well thought out. It’s not going to bring peace – it’s going to cause grudges.”
Meisner, who represents District 4, said she had been contacted by residents and wanted county leaders to look into library policy.
“Anoka County believes that libraries are meant to be content neutral spaces where the public can access materials to further their own education and personal enjoyment. Promoting one political or social cause rather than another would undermine this goal of content neutrality, ”said an Anoka County spokesperson wrote to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
At the Fridley County Library there was a display that allowed customers to scan a QR code to learn more about LGBTQ + books while another book display was titled ‘Because Books Show Us All Colors of the rainbow ”.
“It sounded like county overreach and an anti-library stance,” said Josiah Cox, who spoke as an Anoka County resident but also works in the library. “I really didn’t like it. It shouldn’t be a political issue of someone’s existence.”
The pride is celebrated in June as a way to commemorate the Stonewall-era uprising surrounding LGBTQ + activism, dating back to June 28, 1969, according to the Library of Congress.
“We think it is important that our libraries are a civic group, not a political group,” added a spokesperson for Anoka County.
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