After a Christian group burned multiple LGBTQ library books in a video on Friday, the Orange City Public Library was facing more criticism from some conservatives as they were asked to take a different LGBTQ book off their shelves.
It’s called “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” It’s a book about two male bunnies falling in love, popularized by comedian John Oliver on his television show “Last Week Tonight.” The same sex storyline is causing some to ask for the book’s removal from the Orange City Public Library.
“Books like these in our local library, well I don’t think our kids should be subjected to seeing these kinds of books,” said Wynand Hegeman, an Orange City resident.
“When it comes to teaching our kids right and wrong and sexual morality, we think that’s best done by parents and churches… not by books that so flagrantly push an agenda,” said Kurt Korver, another resident.
But others in the community think the book is important.
“It gives a chance for outside communities to have their voice be heard. If you grew up in the same community you only ever hear the same stories over and over again and you’re never gonna learn about the world,” said David Klennert, an Orange City Resident.
“Public libraries at large represent a community that’s greater than a homogenous group of people in just one town,” said Mike Goll, another resident. “So being part of the LGBTQ community, it’s nice to see some representation.”
Following a public discussion last week, the library board Tuesday decided the fate of this picture book that some are opposing. The fact that this particular meeting did not include a public discussion was upsetting to many in attendance.
“What we see here is an agenda by a small group of activists who really want to foist on conservative Orange City, an agenda that the people in this city don’t want, especially indoctrinating their kids,” said Korver.
Despite the pushback, the library board says it will keep “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” in the children’s section, ultimately agreeing the book doesn’t violate the library’s content policy.
“If our patrons are interested in a topic then we would like to be able to provide them with the information they’re desiring,” said Amanda Vazquez, the Director of the Orange City Public Library.
“Seeing representation, knowing that grownups that are gay can live a perfectly normal life, that’s a really positive thing,” said Goll.
In response to the lack of public input in this meeting, the Sioux County Conservatives sent KCAU9 the following statement:
“We are very disappointed that the library board did not allow public comments today. The board needs to hear from the community the library is supposed to serve. This is an embarrassment for Orange City and a significant disservice to the taxpayers.”