One of the Mat-Su’s most active and effective conservative activists is calling on parents and concerned community members to turn out for a Nov. 8 book challenge at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

On that day, Jackie Goforth will formally challenge the book, “Red Hood,” a sexually explicit book that is currently available in the teen section of the Wasilla Public Library.

The novel is filled with multiple erotic, and extremely detailed descriptions of various types of sex acts between teens.

Goforth hopes parents and others will turn out in droves for the 3 p.m. public hearing.

“I’m hoping to get as much community support as possible,” she said.

This past summer, Goforth was successful in getting the Willow Public Library to move a graphic LGBTQ sex book, “Let’s Talk About It,” from the teen section to the adult section. She said community support made all the difference is swaying the Mat-Su Borough’s Community Development Director Eric Phillips to relocate the book.

“Let’s Talk About It” has sparked heated controversy in Alaska and around the country, includes graphic advice on how minors can engage in anal sex, find their favorite internet porn stars, create sexy photos of their bodies to share online and explore myriad sexual fantasies and identities.

While Phillips sided with the Willow Library review board’s opinion that the book was suitable for teens, he ultimately agreed to remove it from that section.

In a June 2 letter to Goforth, Phillips said he agreed with the library’s determination that “Let’s Talk About It” was not obscene and that it has “educational value for teens.” He also wrote that he thought the book was “properly placed” in the teen section.

Nevertheless, Phillips moved the book to the adult section due to the fact that many borough residents don’t support it being embedded in a youth section.

“In essence, the community standard may be that a majority of Borough residents do not think a 14 or 15-year-old should see some of the images or be exposed to certain aspects of human sexuality outlined in the book,” Phillips admitted. “I can understand that some people may have this viewpoint, and as a result we will move the book to the adult section in our libraries.”

Goforth is hoping for a similar result in challenging “Red Hood” on Nov. 8.

“If you can attend, or help get the word out, I’d forever be in your debt,” she wrote.


— The public book challenge hearing regarding the novel “Red Hood” will occur at 3 p.m. in the Menard Center (Room 3). The public is welcome to attend and show support for the book challenge, but comments will be limited to the challenger (patron) and the library staffer. The hearing is expected to last about 45 minutes.

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Parent rights advocate implores Mat-Su to turn out for Nov. 8 library book challenge

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.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    This pisses me off beyond my tolerance level! That has become the norm under the pathetic leadership dunleavy has afforded us! Better to just stop paying taxes!

  • V says:

    This is so awesome! Thank you Ms. Go forth for spearheading this campaign. Our family will be there to support and we challenge other families who care about morals, values and safe materials within education to attend too.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you for sharing this Mr. Davidson. A deep, heartfelt thank you to Ms. Goforth for working for the kids!

  • SA says:

    I have to wonder if Jackie Goforth’s (aka Jackie Ivie, author) problem with the book is really about the sex scenes or if it is the fact that the protagonist and other girls/women hunt down and kill male rapists and sexual abusers? As an author of raunchy romance novels, whose heroes are brutal, selfish, and arrogant men, perhaps Goforth/Ivie worries a bit about competition in the book market?

    • Richard K CORBeil says:

      Where do you stand on the subject matter of the book? I mean are you trying to deflect the issue character assault or do you think Goforth is incorrect about the book?
      Let me say it differently. Do you support sexually explicit pornography being given to 12 year olds by our government?

  • Lucinda says:

    You can tell by the photo that girl is a perverted groomer. Books with icky stuff create icky people. Known fact.

  • Free Speech says:

    Chipping away at 1st amendment rights. Way to go, Mien Fuhrer.