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STOP Pornography Viewing on Public Library Computers

Libraries are places of refuge and learning for people of all ages, including many children. I was shocked to learn today that viewing Internet pornography is allowed on the public computers in Chicago Public Libraries. In our neighborhood, for example, the library's computers are positioned next to the children's reading area, so children can be easily exposed to sexually explicit material. I find this unacceptable. Libraries should be a safe and non-hostile environment for all patrons and employees alike. The viewing of pornography substantially changes the atmosphere for everyone and represents an inappropriate trade off of the rights of the many for the few who would desire to view this material in public. In Illinois, we have public indecency laws that prohibit sex acts in public, I propose that the City of Chicago look to these laws to create legislation that also prohibits the depiction of sex acts in public places like the library. I know that people will say this is the start of a slippery slope in regards to censorship, but I believe it is worth trying to define appropriate limits to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the library for all constituents. Please help me protect our children and keep the library a sanctuary for all.

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