Feb 1, 2018: Of the 36 boards in St. Mary's County, our elected officials have direct oversight over all but one: the library board. HB 136--in its' original form--sought to correct this oversight & would've given control back to those who pay for the library through their elected officials. Why, then, was the library so fiercely against it and what are they trying to hide from you?
*******PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED*********
On May 21, 2017, despite vigorous opposition from the community, Lexington Park Library in St. Mary's County facilitated a graphic sex workshop for minors. Parents & adults were not allowed in the "classroom."
With the help of local and state police, the sex-toy/lubricant peddler was able to "instruct" children that, "the anus is for finger's and penis's'" and provided samples of lubrication to the children to aid in "sexual and anal play." (condoms were also distributed).
Dozens of local & state police were on hand, barricades installed and a security check point was put in place to ensure parents and adults were blocked from attending the sexually explicit workshop. How much did *that* cost taxpayers?
One adult woman who was trying to enter the class was arrested and charged with trespassing. (see page 8: http://countytimes.somd.com/archive/2017/05-may/2017-05-25.pdf )
Library Director Michael Blackwell assured many during the event that the library did NOT request police protection. "The library had nothing to do with that," he said on video.
But a 5/18 Baynet article titled, "Lexington Park Library Planning Extra Security," proves otherwise:
“We have been in touch with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department and they are making preparations for Sunday. We know some groups are planning to protest and we’d like to have the Sheriff’s Office’s cooperation," Blackwell said. http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0517/lexington-park-library-planning-extra-security.html
A March 6th Periscope video of this class--which she dedicated to all SOMD county citizens---serves as evidence that sexual experimentation was going to be said in this May 21st class and encouraged: "anus is where fingers and penis potentially go in', "and "water-based lube is best for sex toys and anal play." https://twitter.com/Fun_Size_SexEd/status/838887340089061376
Why were parents blocked? According to the instructor in an April 14th interview with the Enterprise, "children may ask questions or see things their parents may not approve of." http://www.somdnews.com/enterprise/news/local/teen-sex-ed-class-is-back-on/article_0006424e-e711-5826-b4e9-7c06f3db28fd.html
On April 17 the instructor confirmed on her blog: "I do talk about anal sex and porn [pornography is entertainment] and lube because I believe in teaching young people to have agency over their bodies." https://blog.intimatehealthconsulting.com/2017/04/17/the-small-town-sex-ed-tour-that-wasnt/
The community petitioned the Library Board of Trustees to stop the class, only to be told: "Future appeal to us will be useless..... we will not bow to pressure to censor," even though they themselves cancelled the class back in March due to "inappropriate" content & censored this topic completely in a March 22nd press release:
Since the Library Board & Director refused to cancel the class or update their policy to reflect their March 22nd press release, https://www.stmalib.org/pdfs/pr/LibraryTrusteesPressRelease.pdf the community petitioned their boss, "St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioner's" (see public forum videos under "concerns" tab), to intervene.
The Commissioner's reply? "It's obvious we've gotta stay out of it," said President Randy Guy.
So if it's true that the County Commissioner's have "no say," over taxpayer-funded public library, then no wonder why Lexington Park library staff felt emboldened to put up *this* disturbing display for September 24-30, 2017 "Banned Books" week that entices children to read books & watch DVD's that encourage them to perform lewd (and some maybe even illegal, like cyber sex/phone sex) sexual acts:
"Lift the cover to read this banned book, you rebel, you" reads the brightly-colored labels adorning the paper bags. (except, these books are *not* banned. Library staff are tricking kids to think they're doing something they're not supposed to be doing, demonstrates their malice).
A poster indicates what *kind* of content is hidden underneath those paper bags: "sexually explicit," included. (As of Oct. 18, display *still* up LONG after "banned books" week ended!):
By facilitating this perversion, the Lexington Park Library is responsible for setting a precedent in Maryland.
How dare they ask for $16 MILLION+ more of our hard-earned, tax dollars to build a new library!!!
CONTACT OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S TODAY AND TELL THEM TO CREATE A LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT & PRESENT IT TO OUR DELEGATION REQUESTING THAT THE LAW BE CHANGED SO THAT LIBRARY IS ANSWERABLE TO THEM! http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/bocc.asp
**UPDATE: Feb. 1, 2018** HB 136 was the direct result of these efforts. Sadly, our elected officials caved to intense pressure from the library. Consequently, the bill as it is now written, is useless and does not give those who pay for the library a voice in how their own library is operated and maintained. WAKE UP FOLKS! OUR LIBRARY IS NOT "PUBLIC" and those whose salary you pay, want to keep it this way!