By AlaskaWatchman.com

A concerned mom contacted the Alaska Watchman the other day to inform us that the Anchorage Loussac Library was prominently displaying a children’s picture book that promotes transgender fluidity to young kids.

“Jack (Not Jackie)” is one of several transgender children’s books available at the Anchorage Loussac Library.

The book, “Jack (Not Jackie),” sat atop a row of kid’s books on the second floor of the library, a level dedicated to youth.

Aimed at indoctrinating young children into accept transgender ideology, the book was published through a partnership between Bonner Publishing and the radical LGBTQ activist organization GLAAD. According to the GLAAD website the book seeks to frame LGBTQ gender identities in a positive light, and a portion of the book’s proceeds goes to advance GLADDS efforts to normalize gender queer ideology.

In a Jan. 4 stop at the Loussac, the Watchman verified that at least two copies of the book are available at the publicly funded library. The book relays how an older sister, Susan, comes to terms with the fact that her little sister Jackie identifies as a boy. After initially grappling with Jackie’s predicament, Susan ultimately supports her sister’s gender confusion, which includes dressing, acting and presenting as a boy. The fictional parents in the book encourage and facilitate little Jackie’s transition, buying her boy’s clothes and cutting her hair so she appears as a male.

This is not the only book that openly pushes transgender narratives on impressionable Anchorage children. A brief browse through the youth section revealed several other books that serve as thinly veiled propaganda for some of the most radical elements of the LGBTQ agenda. “Jacob’s Room to Choose,”  tells the story of how two gender confused young children get their entire class to support their desire to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex. Another book, “Jacob’s New Dress,” tells the story of how a young cross-dressing boy dons a pink dress and pretends he is a princess. Jacob’s mom later helps her son make a dress to wear to school, a decision that is wholeheartedly supported by his teacher.

“Jacob’s New Dress” is one of several pro-transgender children’s books available at the Anchorage Loussac Library.

Many other LGBTQ books are deliberately planted throughout the library’s children and teen sections where youth can easily access them. This is by design.

According to guidelines from the American Library Association, of which nearly every public library across the nation is a member, librarians are encouraged to seamlessly weave LGBTQ literature into the mainstream collections in order to make the books more widely impactful on the general public.

For the past decade, the Loussac Library has aggressively pushed LGBTQ propaganda to children. Former library director Mary Jo Torgeson helped pioneer Drag Queen Story Hour for toddlers and teens, and the library has been an annual sponsor of the city’s gay pride parade.

Torgeson also expanded LGBTQ books, clubs and activism. Additionally, she turned the five libraries run by the municipality into local epicenters against so-called systemic racism, white privilege and social inequity. The library network took steps to reeducate and reform its staff and rework its collections to better reflect what Torgeson considered properly “equitable, diverse and inclusive” libraries.

“Jack (Not Jackie)” is a children’s book at the Loussac Library that promotes gender fluidity.

Torgeson stepped down in April 2021, but left behind a staff of radical LGBTQ activists hired under her supervision to fill key library positions – overseeing youth programming, book selections and event coordination. Many of these employees continue to wield sizable influence.

Late last year, however, Anchorage’s newly elected Mayor Dave Bronson sought to replace Torgeson with a more conservative minded library director. His first choice, Sami Graham, was rejected by the hard-left majority on the Anchorage Assembly, which must approve all director posts. Next, Bronson appointed well-known conservative, Judy Eledge. She, too, was publicly criticized by Assembly members. Before they had a chance to reject her nomination, Eledge withdrew her name from consideration.

Mayor Bronson then named Eledge as “deputy library director,” a post that does not require the Assembly’s approval. She is essentially serving as the “acting” library director. As such, she now oversees library personnel and operations.

Eledge, however, has inherited a staff which is deeply allied with LGBTQ activists and intent on pushing these ideas on area youth and their parents. It will take time, unwavering determination and strong public support to change the culture and collections at the Loussac Library. Below are some concrete steps concerned Anchorage residents can take to help in this effort.

TAKING ACTION

— To object to a specific books, library patrons may fill out a “Request for Reconsideration” form  available at all locations and on the library web site. The collections manager will review the request and issue a written reply within 14 days regarding the library’s position and any actions taken. This decision may be appealed to the library director who has 14 days to provide a written decision. A final appeal can be made to the Library Advisory Board, which has final say.

— Click here to check out volunteer opportunities at the library.

— The terms of five Library Advisory Board members will expire on Oct. 22. To apply to serve on the board, click here.

— To provide feedback to the Library Advisory Board, email apl@anchorageak.gov with “Attention Library Advisory Board” in the subject line.

— Click here to suggest specific books the library should purchase for its collection. The Library Advisory Board must approve the final decision.

— Click here for information on how to donate books to the library. The Library Advisory Board must approve the final decision.

— For more information, contact Deputy Director of Library Services Judy Eledge at judy.eledge@anchorageak.gov or 907-343-2892.

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Ridding Anchorage library of transgender child propaganda takes a joint effort

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


12 Comments

  • Jen says:

    Maybe if more conservative parents can check out the more dated children stories it will keep the better stories from the weed pile. It seems the main crowd are liberals using our public libraies so of course the collections are reflecting the libaries dwindling main liberal crowd interests. There just not enough readers. Screens distract and had spoil us.

    • Jen says:

      Before all the books on my reading list are weeded from presumed lack of interest, it be nice to see more black screens, TV sales and movie subscriptions down and more conservatives using the library for books.
      If we all work together the more moral books may have a longer shelf life from continous checkouts. As well as determine which writers and books are added to the collections.

  • jh says:

    Conservative Glenn Beck recommends the Tuttle Twins kids book, for children so your kids DO NOT GET BRAINWASHED!!!! It is a great book for Adults also.

  • JH says:

    MENTAL ILLNESS ATTACKING OUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • meeee says:

    Knowing that the library has these books available for kids brings me an immense amount of hope. Thanks for the happy news 🙂

  • justsayin says:

    If there is material in a public library that you don’t like, then don’t check it out. It is the job of a public library to provide a collection that represents all viewpoints and Anchorage is a diverse community. Materials that don’t circulate are removed from the system. Targeting specific items brings more attention to them, which inadvertently keeps them on public library shelves. That’s the beauty of a public library–there is something there for everyone, irrespective of personal regard.

  • Emily says:

    Please cite names of organizations correctly, even if you don’t respect them. You spelled ‘GLAAD’ but then tried to make is possessive as ‘GLADDS’ (sic). It should be ‘GLAAD’s’

  • SL says:

    Print out the form, fill out several and drop one off every time you are at the library. No. We do not need this trash in our library system. It’s time the liberal filth in the Anchorage bowl be taken out with the rest of the trash.

  • SL says:

    Most concerned parents aren’t asking for the materials to be totally removed. The point of a library is to have access to information, literature, research, and learning. Most concerned parents are simply asking for books of this nature to be shelved elsewhere, not where a five, eight or eleven year old can pick up while they are looking for books about horses, war tanks or dragons.
    Just because a book is available, doesn’t mean a grade school or even middle school aged child should be subjected to it without parent guidance and support. Place the sensitive topic books in a different area where responsible parents can check them out at the appropriate time for their age/subject ready child. Such an easy solution.

  • Anna Haley says:

    XXXX rated videos are watched in the public libraries in front of kids, and any kid can look at that crap without supervision. Then these perverts hang out by the kids.
    I know personally of a youngster who was first exposed to pornography at the public library while in grade school (and at the time did not even have his own pc) and is now, as an adult, he is serving time for child pornography and sexual abuse of his own children. When asked where this started, he told us the public library.

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