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 was withdrawn after a parent complained to first Colchester manager Andreas Bisbikos.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 The book in question was immediately withdrawn from circulation.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 asked Kate Byrode, our library manager, to start 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 had a procedure and a policy form that 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.

The Bisbikos says he saw the pictures and thinks 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 Wado,” 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The book has been temporarily withdrawn until someone completes the paperwork.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.

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