Tuesday, June 2, 2009

West Bend Library Board Unanimously Rejects Censorship Attempts

Logic & reason prevailed:
The Library Board on Tuesday night unanimously rejected efforts by a local citizen group to restrict access of young adults to books depicting sex among teenagers or those describing teenage homosexual relationships.

Such books already are separated from children's books, either in a young adult fiction section on the first floor of the library or shelved as young adult non-fiction alongside similar adult texts on the second floor, board members said.

The nine-member board listened for 2½ hours as nearly 60 people discussed the appropriateness of the library providing such books to the public before the board voted to maintain current policies. (JSOnline)

Ginnny's position is amusing:
On Tuesday, Ginny Maziarka told the board that if they rejected her petition that she would not consider the library a safe place for children.
But look here:
Ginny seems to have a copy of Deal With It ....gasp.... right in her own kitchen!

Does that mean her own home is also not "a safe place for children"? I mean, if the entire library is unsafe for children just because that book is shelved in the "young adult" section, then I'm surely not going to allow my kids near Ginny's house. No ma'am.

(Note: No children were harmed in the making of this blog post)

// Go check out Emma-le's excellent summary of the night's proceedings.


  1. I've been following all this foolishness for a while now, and though I no longer live in West Bend, I just want to say Thank You!!

    People like this Ginny are the main reason I wanted to get out of that town so badly. I'm glad to see there are still people in West Bend standing up and taking action against these religious zealots!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. I just read that Ginny does not believe the library is a closed issue (safelibraries blog) and that "the best is yet to come." Please Ginny. Get a hobby. Please. Consider it a personal plea.
    (I'm posting this here because Wissup won't post my responses related to this.) Thanks to you and Maria for working so hard on all of this.

  3. Thanks for your support, beesbess, and you can bet if Ginny keeps plugging away at this issue, so will we.