American Library Association sends letter to Commissioners Court about book controversy

As the Commissioners Court prepares to hear from citizens who want a reversal of Library Director Courtney Kincaid’s decision to keep children’s books that teach tolerance for the gay community, the American Library Association has sent a letter asking the Court to protect people’s right to read. The issue is on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Commissioners Court. Kincaid and the Hood County Library Advisory Board have refused to remove the books “My Princess Boy” and “This Day in June,” but Kincaid did move “This Day in June” to the adult section because it includes a teaching guide. The letter from the ALA to County Judge Darrell Cockerham is signed by Barbara M. Jones, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, and Peter D. Coyl, chair of ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Round Table