Adrianne Peterson, the manager of the Rancho Peñasquitos branch of the San Diego Public Library has been running the library branch since 2012. She has highlighted books for Pride Month for the better part of a decade and was taken aback when she read an email last month from two neighborhood residents. They informed her that they had gotten nearly all of the books in the Pride display checked out and would not return them unless the library permanently removed what they considered “inappropriate content.” Ms. Peterson said she began to wonder if she had been misunderstanding the community for so long! But, soon she got the answer when stacks of Amazon boxes containing new copies of the books the protesters checked out started to arrive at the library after The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the protest. Roughly 180 people, mostly San Diegans, gave more than $15,000 to the library system, which after a city match will provide over $30,000 toward more LGBTQ+ themed materials and programming, including an expansion of the system’s already popular drag queen story hours. The city council member who represents Rancho Peñasquitos, Marni von Wilpert, condemned the library protest against Pride books and asked the community to help restore the display.