Colchester First Selectman pulls book from library and sparks controversy

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – A local town’s first councilor has come under scrutiny after a book was pulled from the shelves of the Cragin Memorial Library.

The book “Who is Rupaul?” was withdrawn after a parent complained to first Colchester manager Andreas Bisbikos. Bisbikos writes in a Facebook post:

Citizens of Colchester,

A parent has raised a serious concern about a book found in the children’s section of the library. The book contains sexually provocative drawings in which the parent found offensive. The book in question was immediately withdrawn from circulation. I have instructed Kate Byrode, our library manager, to begin an inventory of children’s materials. We encourage parents who come across any material in the children’s section that may be considered questionable to bring it to the attention of library staff immediately.

“He asked me to take it off the shelves. I said we have a procedure and a policy form which would be the best way to address public concerns,” said Library Manager Kate Byroade.

The book depicts a woman in high boots and a bustier forming the word “viva”.

The First Selectman’s actions sparked outrage from parents who say it was censorship and homophobia.

“The complaint itself relates solely to the imagery with their legs wide open in a sexual and provocative manner. It has nothing to do with sexual orientation or any other social issue,” says First Selectman Bisbikos.

Bisbikos said he saw the images and believes the parent was right, adding that the library should keep track of what is age appropriate.

“I don’t think this type of book should be placed between Clifford the Big Red Dog and Where’s Waldo,” says Bisbikos.

The book has been professionally approved and the library manager says parents should join their children in the library.

The book has been temporarily withdrawn until someone completes the paperwork. Then the library will review the book and decide what to do with it. If no complaints are received, the book will be back on the shelves.

A GoFundMe has been launched with the aim of bringing more inclusive books to Colchester. You can find it here.

The Colchester First Selectman pulled a book from library shelves after a complaint was made that it depicted ‘sexually suggestive’ drawings.

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