You can do many things on computers at libraries in Skagit County: look for work, do homework, check your email or surf Facebook.

But please, don’t watch porn.

The Seattle Public Library faces a controversy after a mother and her 10-year-old daughter caught a man watching pornography on a library computer in full view of the public. That library’s policy allows viewing of pornography, however, the mother, Julie Howe, is challenging that rule.

“The vast majority of people are using our computers for very appropriate things,” said Burlington Public Library Director Maggie Buckholz.

While the library does not have a specific policy against pornography, it does against distruptions, as do most libraries in the county.

“Because of the way our computer lab is configured, it would be considered as disruptive,” she said. “We have a lot of kids around and it’s just not appropriate in a library setting.”

Read the full story in Friday’s Skagit Valley Herald.

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