Monday, October 13, 2008

The Perils of Public Libraries

Emma was searching through the library's catalog of downloadable movies and thought this description sounded interesting:

Russia's first big budget science fiction spectacular. Aelita, the Queen of Mars, is a fantastic adventure about Los, an engineer living in Moscow who dreams of Aelita and builds a spaceship to take him to her. They fall in love, but Los soon finds himself embroiled in a proletarian uprising to establish a Martian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics!

Oh, boy! Pop the corn and dim the lights!

I'll give the library the benefit of the doubt and guess that they offer this movie for students of silent films.

I'm past giving it the benefit of the doubt on books, though. I became wary of public libraries when my children were small. That's when I started studying Christian booklists and searching out library book sales. I was perplexed to find that many good books were in the sale, even though they were far from being worn out. Ousting these books cleared room on the shelves for new books of poor quality and questionable morals. All reading levels seem to be affected, but the absolute worst is the one called "Young Adult". Reading the dust jacket on some of those is a near occasion of sin. We no longer even look on those shelves.

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