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Actor Kirk Cameron at a previous library event. He had planned to be at the Madison Public Library on Saturday, but the library system has canceled the booking citing capacity concerns.

Planned Moms for Liberty event featuring Kirk Cameron told the Madison Public Library is no longer available

MADISON – A planned event at the Madison Public Library for Saturday has run into an issue due to the large number of people expected to turn out for it. Actor Kirk Cameron had planned to mark his first national ‘See You at the Library Day’ at the library on August 5 with a day of reading, singing, and praying.

Hosted by Moms for Liberty’s Brave Books, the organization had booked a meeting room at Madison Public Library. According to Jay Hixon with the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library System, the library will no longer accommodate the event. “Due to the event’s anticipated attendance increasing beyond the library’s capacity, the library will be unable to host the event,” Hixon stated. “Initially, the organizers of the event reported 20 attendees to library officials. On Tuesday the Library learned that event organizers are now expecting over 300 people, a number that far exceeds any meeting room capacity within the Huntsville-Madison County Library System.

Hixon stated the library explored options to make the event logistically possible by consulting the Madison City Police, the Madison City Fire Marshal and City officials.  After discussing the logistics of the event with both the library and the event organizer, the Madison City Police Department and the Madison City Fire Marshal have recommended that the event be held at an alternate location.

The City of Madison has issued the following statement concerning the circumstances:

“The City of Madison applies permitting regulations for outside events equally to all groups and organizations. While the initially planned event was suited for the Madison Library’s capacity, the scope of attendees quickly grew. The Moms for Liberty group failed to apply for an event permit in advance, and it was determined that City resources cannot support an event of this size on such short notice. Alternative accommodations have been recommended to the organization to ensure a safe and well-attended event.”

On Wednesday the Library notified Moms for Liberty and Brave Books that the library venue is no longer available.

Cameron, alongside Brave Books, has been visiting libraries and holding story hours across the country to teach kids about faith, hope, and love. According to the Brave website, it states: “On August 5, 2023, we are calling on all families who love God and love America to gather at our local public libraries to pray, sing, and read Brave Books and other books of virtue. Imagine thousands of local public libraries filled by you, your friends, your pastors, your teachers and your local representatives on this date.”

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