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PEN America: “Monthslong Campaign of ‘Baseless Claims and Conspiracy Theories’ May Lead to Shutdown of [Front Royal, VA] Library”

Where the likes of Glenn Youngkin and Ron DeSantis seem to want to lead America...


Very disturbing….but disturbingly, where Glenn Youngkin, Ron DeSantis, etc. appear to want to lead our country.


Funding for the Samuels Public Library in Front Royal Will Run Out at the End of September


(NEW YORK)– A county public library in Virginia may close as soon as October 1 after a monthslong campaign to remove what an activist group calls “pornographic books.” PEN America said the potential closure of the library due to a campaign of baseless claims and conspiracy theories is “deeply alarming.”

The director of the Samuels Library in Front Royal stepped down earlier this month after intense criticism from the group “Clean Up Samuels.” Funding for the library has been withheld since July and will run out at the end of September; the last day for public comment to release funding is on September 5.

Kasey Meehan, Freedom to Read program director at PEN America, said: “What is happening in Front Royal, Virginia should serve as a wake up call for anyone who cares about the freedom to read. Because of an activist minority and a campaign of intimidation, an entire county may soon lose out on access to literature and information. Public libraries are a critical part of our democracy; to see one threatened by baseless claims and conspiracy theories is deeply alarming. We hope that funding will be released and that Samuels Library will be able to continue serving its constituents.”

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