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Pennsylvania's New Child Protection Laws and Libraries
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Librarians and the people who work in libraries have served children generation after generation.  We take a back seat to no one when it comes to providing children with a safe environment to learn as well as the books, resources, and programs they need to succeed.  The library community will comply with both the letter and the spirit of all laws aimed at protecting children.


At the same time, we know that fully implementing new laws requires education, training, and money.  We support the intent of the new laws and simply observe that compliance with these new laws strains further budgets that were already stretched to the breaking point.  All the more reason why state support for library services needs to increase as soon as possible.


A few tidbits before we proceed:

  • The Department of Human Services is the new name for the Department of Public Welfare.
  • This is a gigantic undertaking and the DHS website was late going live (January 8.)
  • The Department is overwhelmed with questions and requests for help.  Patience is advised.

Most of all—consult with you own attorney and follow their advice.  What we can provide here is background, access to resources and hopefully, a bit of sanity in the midst of all this uncertainty.

Lastly, in keeping with the point made earlier, we implore you to reach out to Governor Wolf to remind him how valuable libraries are and how we hope to work with him to improve literacy, a better trained workforce, and an informed citizenry.  Please take a minute to send Governor Tom Wolf a message of welcome and an offer of assistance from libraries as he strives to improve education for all Pennsylvanians. 


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