Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Read-In at West Bend Community Memorial Library

A Read-In is planned at the West Bend Library on Friday, May 29, 2009 from 3:30pm-8:30pm. Details from the Facebook event page:

Come join us in supporting the library, the library board members who were forced from the board, and banned books in general. On May 29th at 3 o'clock we will be meeting on the corner of Oak and 5th Ave, (Badger Middle School) and will be leaving at 3 sharp to walk peacefully down 5th Ave to Poplar where we will enter to library. Once in the library we will check out books on the so-called "banned books" list. We will then precede to sit in the library and read said books. At 6 o'clock the library closes, at which time you are encouraged to check out the book you have been reading (if you haven't finished it already. Afterwards plans are loosely set but the hope is to walk or bike or drive to Regner Park to participate in a pot-luck style dinner and book conversation concluding around 8:30. Tell all your friends and bring your favorite book.

Additional details at Opening Books Opening Minds blog.


  1. After both sides of this issue have already used the local library as a fortress for their position, do you think it is fair to the other patrons to file in to this establishment (be it ever so peacefully), and dominate the territory? That may send the wrong statement to people who may not be leaning in either direction yet. Are you sure you want to do this to the library?

  2. Your rhetoric is problematic: why would a group of people coming to the library to check out books and sit and read them be "dominating the territory"? This isn't a "territory" or a "fortress" to be "dominated," but a public space, to be used and enjoyed by all.

    And the library as a being "used" for one's position? The library is the issue; it isn't being appropriated one way or another.

    I'm guessing you're former military?

  3. I plan on going, and bringing friends!