Idaho Libraries Ban Children, Require Visitors Under 30 to Show ID – EVOL

Thousands of books have been targeted for removal under a controversial Idaho law that prohibits children from accessing public libraries.

Legislation passed by conservative lawmakers allows parents to sue libraries for books they deem obscene or otherwise inappropriate.

As reported by The Daily Mail:

Public and school libraries had 60 days to remove the book or move it to an adults-only area closely monitored by staff, or face lawsuits from parents.

However, many libraries were too small to create a special section, or lacked the resources or appetite for risk, and instead banned kids entirely.

A sign in the Idaho Falls Public Library, with a huge stop symbol, informed patrons they would need to show photo ID if they were under 30.

Children could only enter if they had an unrestricted library card signifying their parents were happy with them browsing alone, or be accompanied by a parent who ‘must sign an affidavit every time you come to the library’.

The sign sparked outrage online, and many critics contrasted it with abortions being banned under almost all circumstances, including rape and incest.

Donnelly Public Library, located north of Boise, has announced an adults-only policy due to its small size, citing

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