A library in Alabama has experienced a reversal of its earlier decision to cancel a book reading event featuring actor Kirk Cameron and his publisher, Brave Books. The “See You at the Library” event, scheduled for Saturday, August 5, will now proceed at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library System in Huntsville, Alabama. Initially, concerns about logistics and security had led to the cancellation decision.
However, Kirk Cameron and Brave Books contested the cancellation, and the law firm First Liberty Institute intervened, asserting that the cancellation could be viewed as a violation of civil rights. In response to the legal pressure, the library system has reinstated the event. The library will now host Kirk Cameron, the Brave Books team, and Riley Gaines, a women’s sports advocate, as they visit three libraries for the event.
Ryan Gardner, counsel for First Liberty, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, stating that public institutions like libraries should welcome messages of hope and encouragement. Over 300 libraries across the United States have been booked by various individuals for the “See You at the Library” event, where people from different walks of life will read cherished books to attendees, including families and children.
Brave Books CEO Trent Talbot emphasized the importance of standing up for public institutions and shared his gratitude for the library’s revised decision. In response, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library System announced that they will accommodate the event, limiting attendance to 225 people for public safety reasons.
Among those participating in library events across the nation is Lauren White, the wife of Pastor Jonathan White from West Virginia. White highlighted the significance of such events in countering cultural agendas that diverge from conservative Christian values and teaching children truth in a world where absolutes are often questioned. She emphasized the event’s role in fostering a sense of community among Christians who aim to uphold their values and spread the message of the gospel.