FISHERS, Ind. — Multiple sources confirmed with REAL News Central Indiana reports that staff within the Hamilton East Public Library are intentionally removing books from children’s sections that they know were not the intended targets of a new policy to remove explicit material. The reports come from multiple people who heard about this strategy from Indy Star reporter John Tuohy.
According to sources who wish not to be named, HEPL Library Director/Chief Executive Officer Edra Waterman has taken the lead on the strategy to remove uncontroversial books from children’s sections in the hopes of getting author and media attention. The plan has been to highlight a book or so every week in a coordinated attack against the conservative members of the library board.
The first uncontroversial book to be removed by staff and then highlighted was “The Fault in our Stars” by author John Green. The removal of the book prompted a scathing response from Green who let his disgust be known in a letter to the board and in multiple social media posts.
“(It’s) an awful way to have Fishers and Noblesville make national news.” Green wrote in his letter and on social media.
HEPL Board President Laura Alerding later stated the book should have never been removed and cited the Director and Review Staff for making a mistake in implementing the new policy.
Nearly a week later, on August 12th, another author of a seemingly uncontroversial book took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to express her disgust with her novel being removed.
“So I learned this week that my YA (young adult) novel, ‘Private Label’ has been moved from the teen section of the Hamilton East Public Library to the adult section.” Author Kelly Yang said in a video on X before blaming the library board. “Why? Who did they think they’re helping by moving YA books to the adult section?… That goes against everything libraries stand for.”
“I’m waiting to meet with Edra (Waterman) and the entire board to determine what happened. Why are they not implementing the policy correctly?” Alerding told RNCI.
RNCI reached out to both Edra Waterman and John Tuohy for comment. As of publication we have not received a response.
BOOKS ACTUALLY BEING TARGETED
Several books containing graphic images and descriptions of sex have historically been kept in sections meant for children. One book that has since been moved is titled, Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human. Let’s talk about it is a graphic novel which gives depictions of sexual acts, directs children on how to perform the acts, tells kids to watch pornography and advises kids to go into internet chat groups to discuss their sexual fantasies.
Below are just a few excerpts from other books that have been removed from sections for children.
“…his nose brushing your right nipple … his lips capturing it, his tongue circling, circling, his teeth skimming and biting, not hard, just enough to make your hands tighten into fists and clutch the blanket, enough to make your legs begin to quiver … How much you want him to put his mouth on you, there, right there, at the crux of you … a hand on each of your thighs, his head buried between them, and he’s not teasing you … his tongue and lips press into you, as his fingers pull you apart, as you come undone beneath his hands … the hot firm pressure of his tongue against your center, the insistence of his hands on your thighs, the building wonder of your pleasure rising, oh, that is not familiar, that is new, brand-new. You gush—that is the word, the only word—you gush as the pleasure becomes too much to survive, and it bursts like a shaken-up can of soda, it tickles and it burns and it ripples from your center outward, in pulses of sensation so intense you are pinned by them … Hand still wrapped around his erection, you lean up to kiss him … his dark, flat chest, the tight black curls of his pubic hair surrounding his erection. It’s wet-tipped and urgent, and you stroke it with your fingers … you kneel over him, letting your hair hide your face as you reach between your bodies, find his penis, and guide it toward the entrance of your vagina … you lower yourself onto him, his hands gentle on your hips … you sink all the way down, as you feel a tear deep inside you, painful but not terrible, as you feel yourself full of him, of James. And then you move, careful and slow, your hands on his chest, his on your hips, your thighs, and it’s not long before his face tightens up, he makes a low groan, and he shivers beneath you.”
“Feeling him against me that way made me so excited I couldn’t lie still. He rolled over on top of me and we moved together again and again and it felt so good I didn’t ever want to stop—until I came … He led my hand to his penis … I let my hands go everywhere … moving my hand up and down according to his rhythm. Soon Michael moaned and I felt him come—a pulsating feeling, a throbbing … then wetness. Some of it got on my hand but I didn’t let go … We both left on our underpants but after a minute Michael was easing mine down and then his fingers began exploring me. I let my hands wander across his stomach and down his legs and finally I began to stroke … “Oh, yes … yes … ” I said, as Michael made me come. And he came too …”
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