Family Friendly Libraries Awards

Denise Varenhorst writes “Family Friendly Libraries, a national grassroots organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the need to protect children from harmful materials in public libraries, has granted two Awards of Recognition to libraries which meet the organizations Standards for Public Libraries.

The two libraries that have earned this award are the Gwinnett County Public Library in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and the Manhattan Public Library in eastern Kansas. ‘Both of these libraries meet all seven of our Standards for Public Libraries and deserve to be commended,’ Varenhorst said. These standards include the utilization of Internet filters in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, allowing parents to limit their minor child’s borrowing privileges, and providing a separate area for materials parents may wish to pre-screen for their children.

In addition to receiving award certificates and letters of commendation, award winners are listed on the Family Friendly Libraries website “