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Thu Jun 23, 2022, 02:24 PM

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he Smithtown library board will hold an emergency meeting Thursday night amidst furor over removal of Pride Month displays from the children’s rooms of the library system this week.

Library board members had approved the removal by a 4-2 vote Tuesday night. Library director Robert Lusak, who is not a voting board member, told Newsday the displays included at least 29 books that are still in the library collection. They include a history of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and picture books like "Pink is for Boys" and "Pride Puppy."

Pride displays remain in other areas of the system's four libraries, Lusak said.

The emergency meeting will be conducted over Zoom at 6:30 p.m., according to a notice posted on the library website.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, LGBTQ advocates and library professionals have condemned the removal.


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