Read-In at West Bend Public Library

Posted by Lisa Strand on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
The West Bend Public Library has been facing difficult times after local residents complained about gay-themed books in the young adult collection of the library, and the issue has grown.

Most recently, Mayor Kristine Deiss' reappointment of four library board members was rejected, though they will continue to serve until the mayor can find others who will agree to serve on the library board.

The complaint was originally lodged by Ginny Maziarka about gay-themed books in the library. The complaint was later broadened to include all "pornographic" materials.

A group of supportive individuals are staging a Read-in on Friday, May 29, in support of the library, the displaced library board members, and "banned books" in general. They will walk from a local middle school to the library, where they will read banned books until 6:00 p.m. when the library closes.

See previous posts on the West Bend situation:

West Bend Library Gets Complaint about Gay Themed Books (March 27, 2009)
West Bend City Council Rejects Library Board (April 22, 2009)

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