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It is appalling to hear that the library allows pornographic materials to be viewed in your computers. As taxpayers, we object to our money being used to corrupt the minds of our children. We block pornographic websites at our homes. A public facility, especially a public library, should do the same.


Tue, 2011-01-25 14:57

Thank you for sharing your comments. I think you misunderstand how the library complies with Michigan Public Act 212 of 2000. I assure you that we are not using taxpayer funds to "corrupt the minds of our children." Thousands of people visit the library daily, using our computers responsibly and without incident.

Under the Act, computers used by children, or viewable by children walking past, for example, must be filtered to block sexually explicit websites. We filter all computers accessible to, or viewable by, children--a total of about 100 library computers are filtered to block sexually explicit websites in the children's, tween, teen, and general library areas. We use the TrustedSource filter from McAfee, which was previously known as the Bess SmartFilter.

The Act also requires us to provide unfiltered computers for adults age 18 and older. We have a small number--about 24--unfiltered computers for adults. These are not viewable by children.

All users of the library are required to abide by library policy, as well as applicable ordinances, statutes, and laws. You and your children can safely use library computers knowing that they have filtering software to block sexually explicit images.


Eva Davis, Director

Wed, 2011-02-02 16:09

I do not understand why the adult computers have to be unfiltered. If a user enter in a explicit sex webpage, that can be seen by anyone who is passing by. Porn is a matter that can offend and hurt people, no only youth and children. It is degradating for women as it present them as sexual object just for the men pleasure. If we are removing religious symbols from public spaces in order not to offend others, why do we allow porn in public places. That is pernicious.

Thu, 2011-02-03 11:10

Thank you for your question, gainzam. The law has been in effect for more than a decade; we have complied with and enforced the law since then, and will continue to do so. Reading the law itself may help clarify for you the requirements to which the library must adhere.

As I said, thousands of people use the library daily, responsibly and without incident. You and your family may use or walk by any of the ~100 filtered computers in all open areas of the library, knowing that they block sexually explicit images.

I hope this helps.

Eva Davis, Director

Wed, 2011-02-02 20:28


Did you read Eva's reply and still not understand?

I don't understand how you couldn't have understood, it is very clear to me when I read it...

Sun, 2011-02-06 21:41

I agree, Olson_jr. Thank you, Eva, for your clear response.