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November 5, 2012

Librarian Rebuffs Parent to “Protect” Privacy … of 9-Year-Old


Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly protects homeschool freedom in Colorado. He and his wife homeschool. Read more >>

Libraries are supposed to be doorways to learning, unless that is, you are a parent trying to learn what books your children are checking out. When Mrs. Kalgan (names changed to protect privacy) asked a librarian what books her 9-year-old son had borrowed from their local library, she was told she had to get her son’s permission before that information would be released. Shocked by this response, Mrs. Kalgan contacted Home School Legal Defense Association.

Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly found that the library’s privacy policy conflicted with Colorado law, which allows for library records to be disclosed to custodial parents and legal guardians. Donnelly wrote to the library to explain the law and recommend changes to the policy.

After receiving HSLDA’s letter, the library staff responded quickly by changing their policy. The library also implemented a training program to help staff provide a proper balance between reader privacy and parental rights.

Parents have a constitutional right to direct the upbringing and education of their children. And parents, not the government, are responsible for their children. Good parents stay in touch with what their children are doing and reading. HSLDA was pleased to help our member with the High Plains Library. HSLDA is a resource that our members turn to when they have questions.

Do you have a question related to your child’s home education? Don’t stay in the dark—email or call us! We are here to serve you!