Library users of all ages have right to privacy

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/25/2005 - 16:20

This Blethen Maine Newspapers Editorial says a visit to a public library should be like a trip to Las Vegas -- what happens there should stay there.A Maine lawmaker is trying to deny such privacy to readers who are 17 or younger.

Rep. Randy E. Hotham, R-Dixfield, has sponsored a bill that would require public libraries to tell parents what books their children have checked out.They say No matter their age, patrons should be able to do all of this privately -- not fearful that parents and library employees are looking over their shoulders.