Who and Where are the Librarians?

I was talking with a woman a couple of weeks ago, and she was surprised to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency has librarians. It hadn’t occurred to her that librarians existed outside of the traditional public library setting, and especially into a corporate or government setting. Yet, as I was talking with her she described to me a person at her company who most likely is a librarian, but doesn’t have that word in her title. This isn’t surprising; most people have only interacted with a librarian in a public library setting, but there are many other types of libraries and librarians.

So who are these librarians, and where do they work?

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Sex is a Funny Word: Sex and Relationship Education for Children in the Library

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I recently purchased the above book for Foundry United Methodist Church (UMC)’s children’s library. The book is called Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU

The book is written for children (ages 7-10) to understand more about their bodies, sex, gender, and sexuality. The questions at the end of each section, are intended to create a discussion suggesting that the intention of this book may be for educators or parents to read the book to book to a child or a group of children. The book is written in an inclusive way that explains the many meanings of the word “sex,” and allows children to become comfortable with their bodies are and how they feel. The illustrations show a diverse group of children with many types of bodies and attitudes towards them. This book doesn’t shy away from discussing topics such as being transgender or masturbation.

Some people may think this book shouldn’t belong in a children’s library, let alone a church library. It’s understandable; talking about sex makes many people feel uncomfortable, and many parents and educators struggle with finding the “right time” to talk to their kids about sex and their bodies, and how much information they should tell them. Sex is viewed as a dangerous activity for children, and many people think that not sharing information about it until children are old enough to understand can prevent them from partaking in this activity and from being exposed to too much information when they’re not ready to process it yet.

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