In the wake of rising public awareness about overtly sexual books in Mat-Su school libraries, the Mat-Su School District is taking steps to both remove problematic books and ensure they don’t crop up in the future.

Following a controversial school book fair at Teeland Middle School coupled with news about scores of sexual books embedded across dozens of school libraries, the school district has been reviewing library collection policies and individual books to make sure all materials support school curriculum and do not violate Alaska statute against exposing children to indecent sexual content and images. Additionally, a Library Advisory Committee was convened to review existing collections policies and to gather information about specific library book concerns. The district is also in the process of revising its library procedures.

On March 29, the district held a principals meeting to address community concerns as they relate to libraries. That same day, a meeting with district librarians also occurred.

On April 13, the district released a Frequently Asked Questions sheet concerning libraries (read it here) and also published an application for parents and community members who wish to serve on a new district-wide Library Committee. Members will serve as representatives of the larger community in evaluating specific books brought forth by parents and others to determine whether the books have educational or literary value and do not violate state laws.

Those interested in serving on this committee should submit a completed application (linked here) no later than noon on Friday, April 21. A description outlining the expectations of committee members is included in the application. The committee will be comprised of parents, community members, school board members, local librarians and certified professionals.

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Mat-Su School District seeks parents to serve on new library book review board

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.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Great ideabut isn’t it like to little yo late again? Children have been exposed because of librarians and tge liberal woke agenda. I say it’s time to put some people in jail. This is a good recovery move. This is how it should of been in the first place.

  • L says:

    Mean while- Mat Su Central leaders and educators were sending all of the students who had finished their statewide testing to the “book fair” in the library, while students waited for their parents to pick them up. Guess who was hosting that book fair: Fireside. Guess who was trusting the school to keep their children safe from provocative and explicit materials: the parents. Guess who got hurt: innocent children.

  • Lobo says:

    Next question(s); Will only the parents with the same ideological views as the school district be selected ? What will be the guidelines used in the process of approvals ? Based upon their history of governance, I am a little skeptical .. I may be wrong, and I hope I am… Perhaps they can convince me otherwise.

  • Randall Estes says:

    how about grandparents after all we have more life experience