A book intended for LGBT young adults is being challenged in the Wasilla, Alaska, public library by residents who want to see it reshelved or removed, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.
James Dawson's "This Book Is Gay" is currently shelved in the library's juvenile nonfiction section. Wasilla resident Vanessa Campbell petitioned for the book to be moved to the adult section after her 10-year-old son came across the book, which contains profanity and sexually explicit passages.
The library's director, Kathy Martin-Albright, declined to move the book, and the Campbell family is appealing her decision.
According to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Wasilla residents attacked the book at a Wasilla City Council meeting on Monday. Emily Hardy, who opposes the book being in the juvenile section, said: "I can't imagine what kind of person would order that material and want to make it readily available for children. That is straight-up pedophile kind of behavior."
The Dispatch News reports that several schoolchildren attended the meeting, telling the city council that "they didn't want 'gay books' or books about gay people in the library at all."