AG Landry offers no opinion on Rapides library children’s book policy

ALEXANDRIA —Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of an amendment to the Rapides Parish Library’s collection development policy, as requested in January. He offered no reason in his office’s March 2, 2023, letter to the parish’s Library Board of Control.

At issue is a policy change the Rapides Library Control Board considered in January. Board member James Morgan suggested the amendment after his 4-year-old son came across a copy of “Pride Puppy” in the children’s section of the library. It’s an alphabet book that tells the story of a family losing then finding their puppy after it runs off the leash at a Pride parade.