It is increasingly clear that some public school librarians, like teachers, believe that they are the last line of defense for truth, despite what is included in their job description.
One example of left-wing activism within public school libraries is in Texas, where former librarian Suzette Baker lamented how she was fired over standing up for Critical Race Theory.
Baker told local news outlet ABC 13 that she was fired for insubordination, creating a disturbance and failure to follow instructions. She worked at the Llano County Public Library’s Kingsland Branch, which is a small Texas town located 64 miles northwest of Austin.
According to her, it began when her boss told her to hide a book on Critical Race Theory behind the library’s counter. She did not follow her boss’s order and admitted to verbally protesting other related decisions. Baker believed that these so-called “book bans” were an attempt to censor libraries.
It did not stop there; she said that there was increased pressure to keep donated or new books away from bookshelves and she had to wait for weeks to receive approval of these books from a library board. At some point, her boss said that donated books could not be put on bookshelves.
But one interpretation from Baker’s story that librarians should follow the decisions of their elected officials and the taxpayers. If the taxpayers choose to withdraw offensive or controversial books, then the librarians should follow suit.