Kirk Cameron declares a “victory” over two public libraries that refused him storytelling lessons but acquiesced

In comments to Fox News Digital over the weekend, actor and author Kirk Cameron said he’s “won” against two public libraries in this country that previously denied him the space and opportunity to run a children’s book hour program in their facilities — and who are now offering to work with him on room bookings after he contested their refusal and threatened to “enforce his rights in court”.

In short, “they gave in,” his publisher told Fox News Digital this weekend.

The public libraries – both of which hosted “drag queen story hours” at their facilities last June, as well as other programs that encourage and celebrate diversity of thought and belief – are now in communication with his publisher about bookings for his story hour program for children, he said.

Fox News Digital showed the email exchanges between him and the two libraries as evidence of the progress, as well as the details of room bookings for later this month at the libraries.

Cameron, a popular actor, writer and producer who first rose to fame on the TV sitcom Growing Pains, is the author of the new book As You Grow.

It is an illustrated children’s book and part of a series celebrating the positive qualities of kindness, joy, patience, compassion and other biblical values.

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Kirk Cameron said he “won” against two public libraries.
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The book is published by Brave Books as part of its monthly subscription family and children’s book service.

“Let your strength and gentleness be what draws others to you.” — Kirk Cameron in As You Grow, his new children’s book

“Because you’ve been taken care of, you take care of others,” says Cameron’s book, in part.

“Let your strength and gentleness be what draws others to you,” it says.

Cameron is scheduled to speak on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at the Indianapolis Public Library in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He and his publisher were offered a room rental of $725 plus tax to secure a space at that library, Brave Books said.

The following day, Friday, December 30, 2022, Cameron is scheduled to deliver a storytelling lesson at the Scarsdale Public Library in Scarsdale, New York, about 25 miles north of Manhattan.

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Cameron is scheduled to speak at the Indianapolis Public Library on December 29, 2022.
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Renting the library’s Scott room is $200 for four hours and then $75 for each additional hour “for profit/individuals,” the library notes in its fee schedule. (Local nonprofits and other nonprofits are charged less.)

Cameron said this weekend, “I am pleased that the two libraries have changed their minds and are allowing my voice to be heard and my book to be read,” in a comment to Fox News Digital.

Cameron hopes that “As You Grow children from Indianapolis and Scarsdale can learn about Bible wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit.”

He added, “I hope they realized that their position in denying me a lesson was not only unfair and illegal, but that we would all be better off listening to each other’s perspectives.”

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“I am pleased that the two libraries have changed their minds and are allowing my voice to be heard and my book to be read.”
Facebook/Kirk Cameron

He said he hopes that “Indianapolis and Scarsdale children can learn about Bible wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit from ‘As You Grow.’

Cameron also said, “I hope this victory will give encouragement to Christians and conservatives across the country to be bold and stand up and make sure we are the salt of the earth and the light of darkness.”

Trent Talbot, CEO of the Texas based one Brave Books told Fox News Digital over the weekend: “I love situations where we have two ways to win and no way to lose. We forced these bullies to either remove their masks and show their true colors of unabashed anti-Christian and anti-American bias (and catch themselves in court) OR the bullies would realize that Kirk and Brave were here fighting and they would back down .”

As Fox News Digital reported in recent weeks, more than 50 public libraries in major cities across the US either flatly refused Cameron’s requests for a children’s storytelling program or did not respond to his publisher’s requests, Brave Books said.

Recently, the Indianapolis librarian who received the request for a Cameron story lesson was not encouraging. The person’s response was that the library “has a strategic plan,” reported Brave Books.

The person added over the phone: “Generally, author visits are coordinated by our departments. We really have a boost. We have a strategic plan, so we’re really looking for writers that are diverse. authors of color. That was really our focus.”

When a Brave Books staffer responded that Cameron’s new book for children contributes in its own way to a variety of ideas and beliefs, the library representative replied, “Well, we’re focused on racial justice.”

“Our transformed library will be known for its welcoming culture of opportunity and accessibility…”

Similarly, Scarsdale Public Library told Cameron and his representatives, “Thank you for thinking of us, but we are not interested in this program,” as both Cameron’s book publishers and the library itself acknowledged.

Cameron and his publisher pushed back rejections they felt were unfair and inappropriate given the array of other programs regularly held in public libraries across the country.

The Scarsdale Public Library shares a message about their “vision” on their website.

“Our transformed library will be known for its welcoming culture of opportunity and accessibility, and will be valued as a place to read, write, create, discuss, listen, debate, connect and reflect,” reads the library’s website.

“Committed to institutional reflection, innovation and professional excellence, the Scarsdale Public Library will be a dynamic asset to our community and a leading public library.”

“It is incorrect to suggest that the library has changed position,” Scarsdale Public Library director Elizabeth Bermel said in an email to Fox News Digital on Sunday night. “The publisher and Mr Cameron were never denied the opportunity to book a room. In fact, they have never asked to book the library meeting room before.”

She added, “The library first received an inquiry (and an application on December 16) from the publisher on December 13 to book the meeting room for December 30.”

An accompanying statement went into more detail that on Friday, December 2, Scarsdale Public Library received a message through its website about a request to “schedule a storytelling session at Scarsdale Public Library for a book by actor Kirk Cameron “.

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Cameron is a married father of six children.
Facebook/Kirk Cameron

The library said it sent a link to Cameron’s representatives, and they responded a few days later by saying: “We would like to schedule a storytelling session for Mr Cameron’s book where we read ‘As You Grow’ and talk to families about it, to follow the wisdom of the Bible as well as discussing the harmful effects of woke ideologies, particularly CRT and the transgender agenda.”

The library said it responded, “Thank you for thinking of us, but we’re not interested in this program.”

Libraries “have recently hosted and openly promoted events that exclusively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Cameron and Brave Books told Fox News Digital that while they are pleased that the book programs at the two public libraries are now moving forward, “neither library has offered any promotional assistance [the] Read the book, sponsor it, or simply request more information about it to better serve those who inquire with library staff about the event,” they said.

The two libraries “have recently hosted and openly promoted events that promote diversity, equity and inclusion solely, but only for the few demographics that serve these awakened libraries,” they said.

The Indianapolis Public Library has hosted events it has advertised on its website, including events in support of Black Lives Matter – while the Scarsdale Public Library hosted a discussion on “abortion in post-Dobbs America” ​​in November of that year.

For another book-related event – this one in connection with the book The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story by Kermit Roosevelt III – the Scarsdale Library’s description read: “Should Confederate monuments be torn down? Should we expand the Supreme Court? Is Critical Race Theory Valuable? Does our standard story of American history work for our country?”

It added: “These were all questions put to Professor Kermit Roosevelt III of the University of Pennsylvania by members of an audience of about 40 people [on] November 19 at the Scarsdale Public Library during a talk and book signing hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.”

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