Library: Child control not in cards

Here\'s an interesting story on the library in Massachusetts that allows young patrons rent R-Rated Videos. It seems there is more opposition than originally expected.

A patron showed up, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asking the executive board to consider changing that policy.
She was told that the library\'s policy, much like that of many other libraries in the region, does not restrict the borrowing of materials based on the age of the borrower.


\"I was surprised the library (let him borrow) that material,\" Bennett said, \"but I was even more surprised when I called the library and they told me I didn\'t have the right to restrict his access.\"


Last night Bennett, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asked the executive board to consider changing that policy.

She asked that the library set up a card system that would allow parents to indicate whether they give permission to their children younger than age 17 to check out R-rated videos.


Bennett\'s position drew about equal measures of support and opposition during last night\'s meeting. Several of those present said the issue, at a time when theaters are tightening their restrictions on admittance to R-rated films, was being discussed in other communities.

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