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Orland Park Public Library Board Member Admits to Porn Problem in Internal Email…

...and then draws comparison to lingerie mannequins. Thank you Freedom of Information Act.

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Megan Fox

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November 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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After weeks of denials and outright lies told to the media by the Orland Park Public Library (OPPL) about the severity of their problem with people viewing porn openly and committing crimes, the dam is beginning to break.

Last week library spokesperson Bridget Bittman gave an interview to WLS-AM’s Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft that did not go very well for her. In it, she said something very important at the 2:12 mark:

“That doesn’t mean that adults, whether it’s women or men, are coming to the library to access this type of information [pornography].”

So the library claims that I didn’t see what I thought I saw and people don’t access porn in their library.

Curious as to the kinds of emails zinging through the library about me, I FOIA’d any email communications containing my name and found an email from board member Diane Jennings (who on November 4th stuck her finger in my face outside the library and shouted, “Liar, Liar, Liar!”)

In the following email, Jennings admits the library purposefully separated the computer labs so that “pervs” (her word) can access their “filth” (her word) elsewhere. After admitting to this problem, Jennings makes light of pedophilia and child kidnapping by making a terrible argument about lingerie displays in department stores that isn’t even close to the hardcore porn in her library. Unbelievably, this woman is a former attorney.

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When you work for the public on publicly funded computers and are issued a publicly funded email address, it’s always wise to keep in mind that anything you type and send can be obtained (and republished) by anyone at anytime under the Freedom of Information Act, a law meant to keep our government transparent.

According to Jennings, “filth” is accessed on library computers by “perverts”. This is in direct contradiction to Bittman’s claim on WLS-AM that neither men or women access that kind of information in the library. You can see from the tone of this email that OPPL representative Diane Jennings has little care for the concerns of parents and would rather attack a mother of two instead of address the problem.

To clarify her claim that I could have used lobby computers, I asked two staffers if there was any other choice than taking my children to the adult computer lab and both said no. No one mentioned any computers available to families in the lobby as Jennings claims.

Since my complaint, they have had to allow for “family computer use” in the children’s lab which is a good idea but still does not address the open viewing of pornography in a building full of children.

Further, more evidence surfaced in the form of former employee and candidate for the board in the last election, Linda Zec’s essay on her experience with porn in OPPL. It’s too good to chop up here, read the whole thing. The truth is stranger than fiction.

It is now clear that at least one library board member was absolutely 100% aware of pornography accessed in the adult computer lab and she doesn’t see it as a problem (or at least no more harmful than underwear on hangers.) Is there any hope of communicating common sense to people who equate hardcore pornography in the open and public masturbation with lingerie displays in department stores?

Megan Fox is a homeschooling mom to her three children and happy wife to her husband of fourteen years. She writes, gardens, composes conservative folk music and enjoys angering "faux feminists" as often as possible. www.Facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter

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Apropos suburban Chicago libraries: I once asked to help me locate a book by Thomas Sowell. The librarian claimed she didn't have any. I then showed her a printout from her own catalog showing about 8 books. She, with great distaste, located one for me (after reading it, I bought everything I could find on Amazon), and I overheard her later mentioning to a colleague the book was about "economics, but from you-know-which perspective" ;)
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I think you are an idiot. This is a First Amendment issue that should not be taken lightly. I find your article imflammatory and along the lines of Rush Limbaugh. Imposing filters is a very sensitive subject that borderlines on censorship. Interesting that you are focusing on Orland Park without any reference to how larger cities deal with a similar issue. Unfortunately/fortunately, the First Amendment also protects sloppy articles like this.
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No First Amendment rights to view pornography in public library. Go watch it in your own house away from our children!
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Excuse me, but all the surrounding libraries around this one use filters. It's not as "sensitive" as you claim and it's perfectly legal as decided by the Supreme Court in US vs. ALA in 2003. Do some homework before you run around calling people names.
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Hey this is quite a compliment: "...along the lines of Rush Limbaugh..."

You should be proud, Magen.
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It's also common sense....the same reason we don't shout fire in a theater and claim it's just an expression of my 1st amendment rights.
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Excellent work, Megan. I think you will find other parents to join you in shining the light on the roaches. They have gotten away with so much for so long, these librarians. The FOIA request was a brilliant move. They weren't expecting they would be held up to some standard of transparency! Parents have, at minimum, the laws on the books against child pornography an unassailable basis to make these libraries comply with the law of the land.
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Apropos suburban Chicago libraries: I once asked to help me locate a book by Thomas Sowell. The librarian claimed she didn't have any. I then showed her a printout from her own catalog showing about 8 books. She, with great distaste, located one for me (after reading it, I bought everything I could find on Amazon), and I overheard her later mentioning to a colleague the book was about "economics, but from you-know-which perspective" ;)
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typical! The self appointed First Amendment defenders don't want you to read anything but their trash. They'll go to any lengths to hide it from you, including lie. The First Amendment only applies to DNC approved literature and porn sites, apparently.
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Repurposing public libraries for the digital age seems to have had the unintended consequence of turning them into free internet cafes for the homeless and others on the margin. Needless to say, this population (much of which created by the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill) would include people with mental problems and/or paraphilias.
I never caught any pervs in the act at the suburban Chicago library I used to visit once in a while (before I went all-digital and moved to Dallas more or less simultaneously), but always saw plenty of homeless.
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This also confirms that you had your children with you--which they have repeatedly tried to say you were lying about and that no employee saw you with children!
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