Challenged Materials Policy
In its selection of materials, programs, art, and exhibits, the Mead Public Library endorses the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the American Library Association. Additionally, the Library endorses ALA’s interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights as it applies to library programs, exhibit spaces, art, and displays. The United States Constitution requires a procedure designed to focus searchingly on challenged expression before it can be suppressed. Therefore, any attempt, be it legal or extralegal, to regulate or suppress materials in libraries must be closely scrutinized to the end that protected expression is not diminished.