The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Board of Trustees met last night, and determined that the pornographic books “Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships and Being a Human” by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan, and “You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty and Other Things” by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth meet the Library’s Collection Development Policy criteria for inclusion in the Library’s Teen/Tween collection.
The original petition that challenged the books called out “Let’s Talk About It” for its detailed directions on how to masturbate, have sex, conduct anal sexual activities, give and receive oral sex, with the catchy, upbeat suggestion “Things to Try!” The book also tells readers to how to search kink and sex fantasies on the internet, how and why to consume amateur and professional pornography, and even what an oral sex scene in a porno looks like. The book also recommends sex toys as another way to help masturbate.
The other book, You Know, Sex, details close-ups of male and female sex organs, encourages children to grab a mirror to look between their legs, normalizes pornography, and more.
The Board of Trustees knows that many materials are controversial and may be offensive to some patrons. Nonetheless, the Board has "affirmed its policy that selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in the policy." Further, the library will not mark or otherwise identify books to show approval or disproval of content or "sequester" any books.
The library said that limiting the access of pornographic books contained in the tween/teen collection is up to parents who at one time thought that the local library was a safe space for children to explore.
The library also described the librarians who curate the pornographic content in the tween/teen collection as acting with the "utmost professionalism".
Though reasonable people might argue that it's not terribly professional to put pornographic content like this straight into the hands of children who could be as young as 11 or 12 years.