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Florida Moms Aim to Label Library Books

Florida Moms Aim to Label Library Books


Two mothers in Leesburg, Fla., are lobbying to get books at their county's nine libraries labeled for "objectionable" content.

Dixie Fechtel and Diane Venetta, with the support of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal group, are asking Lake County commissioners and library officials to label books that "glorify illegal behavior" specifically for middle and high school students, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Fechtel had already challenged such a policy at the Leesburg Public Library after she saw her daughter was reading a novel in the Gossip Girl series and The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson, which contains gay content.

The Leesburg Public Library's staff reads reviews to determine which books belong on a specially designated shelf for high school-age readers. The books are then labeled and placed in a special area for high school students. Still, library director Barbara Morse said children are not restricted from checking out any books in the library.

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