SEX IN LIBRARY! SAY IT AIN’T SO

Live Action Sex!

Delivered Right to You!

Available Any Time!

At the Library!

Huh?

Turns out, anyone with a library card, a shuddering lack of shame and an IQ just high enough to click a mouse can plop his butt down at one of the local library’s computers and do whatever the heck he feels like doing. So long as it’s legal.

Porn, of course, is legal. It is also available online, we hear.

And so it went a couple of Monday afternoons ago at the West Charleston library.

Lisa Racine was there with her kids. She’s always there with her kids.

“We’re big readers,” she explained.

The kids — four of them, ages 5 to 12 — aren’t in school right now, and you can only watch the Veggie Tales movies so many times. So, the library.

It was about 4:30 that Monday afternoon, Racine said. They’d just left the kiddie area and were headed over to fiction, where Racine was going to get herself something to read.

Then, she glanced. Nudity. Sex. Moving pictures, zooming in on a woman’s parts and such. A man in a red T-shirt and a blue ball cap. Watching.

Racine turned away. She ushered the kids out of harm’s way. She approached two librarians.

Umm, she said, can you stop that man?

No, she said they told her, we cannot. There was something said about the First Amendment.

Would you mind if I ask him to stop? she asked. Go ahead, the librarians said understandingly, but we don’t think he’s going to.

Racine approached the ball cap man, deep into his porn, now a naked woman dancing the way naked women dance in Internet videos.

She tapped him on the shoulder.

“Do you realize there are children and other people all around?”

“Leave. Me. Alone!” ballcap said. He flailed his arm. He seemed angry. He went back to his porn.

Racine warned the nearby moms and left.

“I was so upset,” said Racine, 37, who moved to Las Vegas about three years ago. “I was shaking inside.”

She complained to more than just the librarians. She called the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Board of Trustees. She wrote to the newspaper.

It is about all she can do.

Pat Marvel, a library district spokeswoman, said the district doesn’t restrict what adults can look at on the computers, just like there aren’t restrictions on which books adults can check out.

“If a parent is walking their child around the adult computer section, it is likely — it is possible — for that child to be exposed to something that parent doesn’t want their child to see,” Marvel said.

She said the libraries have children’s sections, where the computers have safety filters on them. And children are not allowed to use the computers in the adult section without written parental permission.

“We don’t tell adults what they can look at,” Marvel said.

She called what happened to Racine “an unfortunate collision,” and said the libraries do not have enough space to physically separate the adult computers from any area where a child might be walking by.

The library district follows guidelines from the American Library Association. That group is a staunch advocate of fully open libraries.

The district’s Internet policy states, in part:

“The Library District cannot be held responsible for the content of the Internet. Not all information found on the Internet is accurate, complete, up-to-date, and/or legally or philosophically acceptable to all individuals.”

Marvel explained that library officials would put a stop to illegal activity, such as identity theft or child pornography, if they became aware of it.

They won’t censor nudity.

But they could if they wanted to. Other libraries do.

Stephen Bates, a communications professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who teaches media law, said a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case established that libraries are allowed to use filters if they choose to.

“A library could definitely install filtering software,” he said. “It could create an adult section separate from the rest.”

He said filtering software has been known to block access to legitimate sites, so that’s a weakness. He also acknowledged that a separate adult section has its limitations.

“There is no perfect solution,” he said.

He noted that it is illegal in Nevada to expose a minor to inappropriate material. But the law makes a specific exception for libraries.

None of this makes sense to Racine.

She points out that her kids couldn’t get into an R-rated movie. They can’t go into an adult bookstore or a strip club. They can’t even buy a nudie magazine at the gas station.

Yet, they could potentially see much worse at the library.

So now, she believes she must police things. She’ll have to steer the kids around the computers, just in case.

She’ll be “extra, extra careful.”

“That’s my job as a parent.”

Which is exactly what Marvel, the library spokeswoman, said too.

Contact reporter Richard Lake at rlake @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307.

ad-high_impact_4
News
NSPCA Gets Kittens From LA
Man killed during road-rage incident
Las Vegas police are looking for two men involved in the shooting death of a man outside a 7-Eleven story at Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway on Nov. 12, 2018. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System hosts Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ
The 4th Annual Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ is held in celebration of Veterans Day at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center in North Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Wildfires in Southern California
Wildfires hit Ventura County, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dedication of Nevada's Battle Born memorial
The state of Nevada on Friday dedicated its Battle Born memorial honoring 895 state residents who have died in America’s wars.
Las Vegas police and Sunrise Children's Hospital hope to prevent infant deaths
The Metropolitan Police Department and Sunrise Children's Hospital held a press conference to get the message out on preventable infant deaths attributed to "co-sleeping" and other unsafe sleeping habits. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No serious injuries after car hits tree in south Las Vegas
One person reported minor injuries but wasn’t hospitalized after a Wednesday morning crash in the south valley.
Nellis Air Force Base keeps airmen fed
Nellis Air Force Bass airmen have delicious and healthy food items, and a variety of dining facilities to choose from. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Las Vegas police determined that a suspicious package found Monday morning at a central valley post office was not a threat.
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Police evacuated the area around the Garside Station post office early Monday morning near Oakey and Decatur boulevards.
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
Las Vegas family shares flu warning
Carlo and Brenda Occhipinti lost their son, Carlo Jr., or “Junior,” to the flu last year.
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Stadust Raceway
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on the TV show "Bonanza," and the actor's passion for auto racing at Stardust International Raceway in Las Vegas during the 1960s. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal.)
Project Neon 85 percent complete
On Wednesday morning Oct. 31, Interstate 15 northbound lane restrictions were removed opening up Exit 41 to Charleston Blvd. On Thursday Nov. 1, Interstate 15 southbound lane restrictions were removed. The new southbound off-ramp to Sahara Ave. and Highland Dr. also opened Thursday, November 1. With Project Neon 85% finished the flow of traffic on Interstate 15 has substantially diminished. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Girl killed after jumping from bridge onto 215 Beltway in Henderson
Eastbound lanes of the 215 Beltway are shut down by the Nevada Highway Patrol after a female juvenile jumped from the 215 overpass at Stephanie and was struck by a FedEx tractor trailer. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s
Kristallnacht story
An interview with 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Alexander Kuechel who survived seven concentration camps and didn’t leave Germany until after World War II was over. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1 dead in central Las Vegas crash
An early Wednesday morning crash left at least one person dead and another injured. The crash was reported just around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Swenson Street. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash, one of which caught fire. Debris was scattered across the intersection as police combed the area as they investigated the scene. Flamingo is blocked in both directions between Swenson and Cambridge Street. Northbound Swenson is blocked at the intersection.
Richard Knoeppel named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year
Richard Knoeppel, an architecture design instructor at the Advanced technologies Academy, named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mojave Poppy Bees
(Zach Portman/University of Minnesota Department of Entomology) Male Mojave poppy bees exhibit territorial fighting behavior. The Center for Biological Diversity wants the bee, found only in Clark County, to be added to the endangered species list.
Clark County Schools announce random searches
Clark County School District middle and high school students will be subject to random searches for weapons under a new initiative to combat the wave of guns found on campus. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss React to Dennis Hof's Death
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof's death at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof has died
Nevada brothel owner and Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, Dennis Hof has died. He was 72. Nye County Sherriff's office confirmed. Hof owned Love Ranch brothel, located in Crystal, Nevada.
Las Vegas police investigate suspicious package at shopping center
Las Vegas police evacuated a southeast valley shopping center at Flamingo and Sandhill roads early Tuesday morning while they investigated reports of a suspicious package. (Max Michor/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
The Las Vegas Metro K-9 Trials returns to the Orleans Arena to benefit the Friends For Las Vegas Police K-9 group.
Kingman residents love their little town
Residents of Kingman, Ariz. talk about how they ended up living in the Route 66 town, and what they love about their quiet community. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Service at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Twelve unclaimed veterans are honored at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City in Oct. 9, 2018. (Briana Erickson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years
Las Vegas house prices are rising But so is the amount of available homes on the market Still, properties priced below $300,000 are selling fast And September was the first time since June 2007 that the median house price reached the $300,000 mark Las Vegas home prices have been rising at one of the fastest rates in the country over the past year Recent data show the market is now less affordable than the national average
National Night Out
About 100 Summerlin residents gathered at Park Centre Dr. in Summerlin on Tuesday for National Night Out. Lt. Joshua Bitsko with Las Vegas Metro, played with 3-year-old David who was dressed as a police officer. Face painting, fire truck tours and more kept kids busy as parents roamed behind them. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rural homeless issue comes to a head in Pahrump
On Sept. 12, Pahrump sheriff deputies told residents of a homeless encampment on private property that they had 15 minutes to vacate and grab their belongings. That decision might face some legal consequences. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like