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15 CSR 30-200.015

By Nick  |  KPL News

The Missouri Secretary of State is proposing a new administrative rule that would restrict state funding to public libraries. Read the proposed rule here.

The Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees passed the following resolution at the November 16th meeting urging the rejection of the rule.

There is a 30-day public comment period ending December 15, 2022.  If you would like to submit a comment, you can do so via:

The Kirkwood Public Library mission and policies are in place to support our diverse community and their needs.  Our policies support the right of parents to decide what is right for their children.

Resolution Opposing 15 CSR 30-200.015 Library Certification Requirement for the Protection of Minors submitted by the Missouri Secretary of State

WHEREAS, the Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees believes that the right to read is an
important part of the intellectual freedom that is basic to democracy;

WHEREAS, the Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees upholds the belief that responsibility for a
child’s reading must rest with the parent or guardian, not with the library. The library will not
infringe on the parent’s right to choose materials for their children; and

WHEREAS, the Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees does not support the removal of local
control where library administration is concerned.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Kirkwood Public Library:

  1. Stands steadfast in its commitment to uphold intellectual freedom;
  2. Defends a patron’s freedom to read and asserts that it is the sole right and
    responsibility of the parent or guardian to determine what library material is
    appropriate for their children; and
  3. Affirms that policy and collection development decisions should remain at the
    local level.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Kirkwood Public Library:

  1. Urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to reject 15 CSR 30-200.015.

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED this 16th day of November 2022, by the Board of Trustees of
Kirkwood Public Library.

Nick O'Neal is the Director of Technology & Online Services for the Kirkwood Public Library. He has been with the library since July 2012. He enjoys playing video games, listening to Classic Rock, and watching movies. His favorite authors include Timothy Zahn, J.R.R Tolkien, Douglas Adams, Michael Crichton and Clive Cussler.

3 Responses to “15 CSR 30-200.015”

November 28, 2022 at 3:25 pm, Renee Werner said:

Please allow libraries and the communities they serve to make their own decisions.

November 29, 2022 at 4:41 am, Christine Ferens said:

Local control needs to remain in the Libraries. State government interference is not conducive to democracy and individual rights and freedoms.

December 01, 2022 at 3:48 pm, Judy Arnold said:

Kudos to Kirkwood Library and all others who are fighting against this attempt to limit free speech and control our minds for political gain.

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