The Seward Public Library has joined what has become a nationwide effort among community libraries to promote books normalizing transgenderism and LGBTQ identities in children.

The Friends of the Seward Library is a nonprofit that partners with the library to promote its mission, programming and materials. On Feb. 17, the group emailed a newsletter featuring and recommending a library book about a three-year-old boy who wants to dress and identify as a girl. “This is How it Always is,” by Laurie Frankel, promotes transgenderism by showing how one family enables their little boy to identify as a girl.

Deborah Altermatt, an incoming board member for Friends of the Seward Library, wrote the glowing book review about the story of a little boy named Claude who gradually comes to grips with identifying as a girl named “Poppy.” The book, which is available to check out at the library, portrays Poppy’s family as progressive, openminded heroes for enabling his transformation to the opposite sex.

Altermatt’s book review notes that Claude’s parents eventually send him on a medical mission to Thailand.

“It is there that Claude/Poppy learns about Buddhism and that by following the ‘middle way,’ she will be her true self,” Altermatt writes. “There are other relationships in the story that are poignant and provide more depth to the story, but the relationship between Claude and Poppy is one of interest to the reader.  To understand how one person is pulled between two identities, and then how to become one, is a story of learning to love one’s self.”

Altermatt highlights a pivotal quote from the book which states: “If you told your own story, you got to pick your ending … if you made yourself up, you got to be exactly who you knew yourself to be.”

Like libraries across the nation, Alaska’s are increasingly being harnessed to market books, activities and events that affirm controversial notions about human sexuality. Anchorage and Juneau libraries periodically host Drag Queen Story Hours for children, and their book collections and displays increasingly feature the more radical elements of the LGBTQ agenda.

The American Library Association, of which most U.S. libraries are members, encourages libraries to become increasingly active in disseminating LGBTQ ideas. The ALA website includes a toolkit to help librarians carry out this strategic campaign. It observes that library materials, programs, and displays related to “sexual orientation and gender identity still cause controversy” and “fear of a challenge may cause some librarians to be deterred” from buying such materials.

Nevertheless, the ALA reminds librarians that they are key in helping teens and others contemplate sexuality and identity. The ALA recommends that librarians include books featuring minority sexualities, gender identities, and family structures. These books are important, it says, in forming societal perceptions.


  • Mary Tougas, president of the Friends of the Seward Library: (907) 362-1225.
  • Valarie Kingsland, Seward Library Director: (907) 224-4008 or

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Seward library joins move to push transgender literature

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Two words comes to mind ” Mentally ILL” in simple language SICK i

  • Smith says:

    BRAVO!! Learning acceptance is a wonderful goal for every human to reach for.

    • John says:

      We accept marijuana too, but should not push that on our children either. The lady pushing this crap probably thinks she is doing a good deed vs evil.

  • Lee says:

    “Nevertheless, the ALA reminds librarians that they are key in helping teens and others contemplate sexuality and identity.” Complete horse pucky! Librarians are not key. Parents are key. Librarians are to provide information, NOT push agendas. A couple of years ago Soldotna library had a 4 or 5 week group on climate change. All reading material (fiction) was complete propaganda about the ravages of climate change. Discussion of the opposite view was discouraged; rudely squashed. Libraries should not be staffed by activists with agendas who consider it their role to shape public opinion.

  • Bessie says:

    No wonder our society is on the path of destruction. Pushing away God’s presence from society with our actions. God created us in the womb and our Creator does not make a mistake in gender as we are formed in the womb. Psalm 139:16 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; Jeremiah 29:11 (BBE) For I am conscious of my thoughts about you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope at the endExplanation and Commentary of Jeremiah 1:5 In the first part, God reveals that when he creates a person, it is from a plan that he has developed before he began forming them “in the womb.” He not only knows what he is going to make, he actually knows the person as though they have already been made.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Alot of parents are going to be going to hell for allowing the demons to pervert their children. This is a spiritual war. The entire world has become a pit of sodom and ghomora,, god is not impressed with us right now. We all should repent daily and beg him to forgive us of our shortcoming because we have all become lovers of flesh and we are all going to pay! We are all guilty for allowing Satan to pervert our kids and we are all guilty of failing to protect them!

  • Richard Carr says:

    You who are pushing the transgender falsehood are embracing a porcupine. You will not escape without injury to your soul and to you children’s soul. God does not make mistakes . In the garden of Eden Satan questioned God’s love and plan for mankind and mankind bought it. Mankind is still buying it today. Trust God and His plan for your life.

  • Efrog Industries says:

    Shame on Alaska for allowing this Satanism into our Republic sectors if you want to be a homosexual that’s fine but leave the kids alone

  • Efrog Industries says:

    Over in the Muslim countries homosexuals are killed too bad we can’t accept the ideology of here

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Right on EFROG

  • Mike Moore says:

    These books if they must exist, Should kept in adult only section and not available to those under age 18. We do not want to promote this perversion, but the rights under the constitution must be upheld.

  • Jennifer Lorensen says:

    Concerned parents in Seward need to contact the group, Mass Resistance, to fight the Alphabet Mafia on this issue. Perhaps they already have done so. Children do NOT need to be fed the nonsense that a person can change their biological sex when it is not possible. Transgenderism is a serious mental illness. The Alphabet Mafia is using children to pave the way to acceptance of pedophilia.

  • Amanda says:

    Joel, thank you for never disappointing me! You are nothing if not consistent. Your articles are always so misleading, inaccurate, and biased. The book in question is not a children’s book. It is a work of fiction marketed to adults. It’s a disservice to your readers to portray this as a children’s book. Purposeful or not, that is what your article does. The previous ignorant comments prove this. Readers, please do yourselves a favor and look into the things you decide to rage about. Not everyone has the same life experiences and not everyone is part of your cult. You don’t get to decide proper reading material for an entire community regardless of what the book is or the audience it is intended for. Don’t like it? Don’t check it out.

  • Diane Clark says:

    Children should not be exposed to books or any other media material of this kind. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it. Apart from training by the Bible, you have a breakdown in family, then society which is happening today. A child is already trying to understand their identity at an early age. If you add thinking like that it makes for confusion. 1 Cor 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace : as in all the churches of the saints..

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Who is paying for this unlawful move by the librarians? Who buys the books? Why is the lawsuit system missing when these are confirmed to be child abuse by psychiatrists? Why is a movement that destroys our Christian Heritage taking over? Who is able to block it?

  • Cheryl Wiest says:

    I strongly believe in our right to free speech. However, I do not think it’s appropriate for libraries, or educators, to promote alternate lifestyles as being normal to young children. God created male & female (Genesis 1:27). There is a distinct biological difference between male & female. To teach children otherwise will only cause confusion & psychological issues. Deuteronomy 22:5 addresses the issue of women not dressing like a man and a man is not to wear women’s clothing. This was about guarding the sanctity of what it means to be a man or woman. You are only promoting a sinful & damaging agenda.