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Friday, May 8, 2009

Promote Intellectual Freedom and Support YA Librarians in West Bend, WI!

melanie brought this to my attention

In case you haven't been following library news from Wisconsin, here's an update. In March, a couple of citizens filed a complaint over the fact that books addressing homosexuality and sexual orientation are made available in the Young Adult section of the library. Since then, four of the library's board members have been passed up for reappointments due at least in part to their stances on these issues. The original story appears here: http://www.gmtoday.com/news/local_stories/2009/March_09/03022009_04.aspThe most comprehensive coverage of the story appears here: http://westbendparentsforfreespeech.webs.com/The websites of those arguing for the removal of books are here: http://wbcommunityinfo.blogspot.com/ and http://wissup.blogspot.com/And finally, an open letter of support to the librarians in West Bend: http://www.petitiononline.com/ALOATWCL/petition.html