Greenville County library board approves new display policy
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The topic of book displays was back on the agenda for the Greenville County Library Board meeting on Monday.
After months of controversy, the board voted 6 to 4 in favor of an amended policy for what can be displayed in the county’s public libraries. One board member abstained from voting.
In June, the board removed all displays, except those promoting library events, after multiple complaints were made over a Pride display at the Travelers Rest branch.
On Oct. 13, the operations committee met to revise the display policy before bringing it in front of the full board.
The new policy says book covers in all displays must be appropriate for any age group and cannot contain “a depiction or cruelty or violence, anything sexual in nature, profanity, or vulgar language.”
Library displays are allowed for “paid holidays observed by both Greenville County Government and the Greenville County Library System.” The executive director Beverly James has the authority to remove any display materials if “she determines the material is overtly political, provocative, inappropriate, or not relevant to the respective holiday.”
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