Basic to much of the censorship rhetoric is an unspoken assumption that a library is, or ought to be, a nursery or day-care center. No public library is either, nor can any public library ever be either. Library staff have no legal right nor legal responsibility to supervise anybody's children. A parent dropping their a child off at the library might has well have turned the child loose at a shopping mall. Parents, please consider:
- A library is a public place: anybody can walk in off the street.
- Crimes are committed in libraries, as they are in many other places, both public and private.
- Library staff have no in loco parentis rights or responsibilities: they are not supervising your children.
- Most libraries have no police or private security guards on duty.
- A library that does have police or private security on duty is likely to have experienced security problems in the recent past.
- A public library is a place where children congregate. This is known to potential kidnappers, molesters, and other exploiters.
- Computers in your library might not have internet filters.
- If your library has internet filters, those filters are not 100% reliable, and even if reliable, might not filter out everything you think should be filtered out.
- Books and other materials in a library cover a wide range of views, and you might find some of these objectionable or inappropriate for your child.
- There are no controls within the library to prevent your child from accessing any library materials.
And even if we censor and filter all that the censors want to censor and filter, most of the above would still be true.