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Libraries As Public Spaces


Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder in late May sent a letter to the Ohio Library Council demanding an end to drag queen educational programming and other pride events at public libraries. 

Householder wrote that “taxpayers aren’t interested in seeing their hard earned dollars being used to teach teenage boys how to become drag queens.” 

A program in Licking County was cancelled and another in Delaware was rescheduled and relocated to another venue. The controversy has raised questions about how libraries are used as public spaces.

Today on All Sides, the role of libraries in our communities in 2019.


  • Jeremy Pelzer, ​state politics reporter, Cleveland.com 
  • Sasha Griffin, University archivist and special collections libraian, Denison University
  • Julia Applegate, Director, Equitas Health Institute
  • Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values

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