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Changes to the Book Complaint Process at Wake County Public Libraries :: WRAL.com

The process for filing a complaint about controversial books available in the Wake County Public Library system is changing.

Customers who feel that a book or other media item should be removed from library shelves will soon have a specific process for making this request.

Wake County leaders realized the library system’s existing policy was outdated after the “Gender Queer” book controversy. Library managers withdrew the book in December after some parents said it contained pornography, but others, including Wake County librarians, pushed back on the removal.

“Using this knowledge, staff are revising Wake County’s process to make it more transparent and provide more opportunities for diverse input before making a decision,” the library system said in a statement.

On Monday, county leaders will see the updated version of the book removal process.

The new plan aims to set out a clear and more inclusive process, including a packet with instructions for formally challenging a currently available book.

The complaint would be forwarded to a committee for review and decision.

County commissioners will have the opportunity to ask questions at Monday’s meeting before rolling out the new process.

Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson

Some local leaders will rally against book bans at the meeting, and the head of the North Carolina Educators’ Association will join state Rep. Rosa Gill in delivering banned books to local conservative leaders.

The group has scheduled an appearance at the office of Republican Lt. Governor Mark Robinson, who has called for the removal of books, including “Gender Queer,” from school libraries.