Expression of Concern

In November, 2008 staff received an Expression of Concern from Mrs. Kim Borchers requesting that four books in the Library’s adult collection, The Joy of Sex, The Joy of Gay Sex, The Lesbian Kama Sutra and Sex for Busy People be restricted to adult access and check-out, citing Chapter 21-4301c, also known as the “harmful to minors statute” of the Kansas Statutes. Staff reviewed the Expression of Concern and in accordance with the Library Materials Selection Policy responded, declined to take any action in restricting access by age to these titles. Mrs. Borchers then sent a letter to the Board of Trustees on December 28, 2008, making the same request of the Board.

View KSA 21-4301c : Promotion to minors of obscenity harmful to minors.

View the Kansans for Common Sense Policy Expression of Concern Letter to the Library Board.

View the ACLU letter to the Library Board

In The News

CJOnline (Links no longer available):

2/23/09 Preisner: Bunten appointed like-minded people

2/21/09 Library peers dismayed at board’s decision

2/20/09 Library to restrict sex books’ access

2/19/09 Library to move meeting location

1/25/09 Critics target shelf life of library materials

1/20/09 Woman fights Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library policy

1/16/09 Book access limits sought at public library


2/19/09 Library Board votes to restrict access to sex-themed books

1/20/09 Topeka library to discuss books about sex

KSNT (Link no longer available):

2/20/09 Sex books restricted at library

KTKA (Links no longer available):

2/24/09 Topeka library flap becomes issue in mayor’s race

2/20/09 Legal advice sought after library decision

2/19/09 Access restricted to four sex-related library books

2/19/09 Library meeting on book challenge moved for crowd