Tuesday, August 25, 2009

West Bend Book Controversy Continues to Simmer

Link to August 25 Fond du Lac Reporter article, "Librarians watching West Bend book controversy".

Excerpt: In February, West Bend couple Jim and Ginny Maziarka asked that the books in question be moved to a restricted section of the library and that the Library Board balance its collection of books about homosexuality with books that affirm traditional "heterosexual perspectives."

The popular novels criticized by the couple are sold in bookstores and are available in public and high school libraries throughout the state, said West Bend Library Director Michael Tyree.

The anti-library crusade just keeps getting worse, he said.

"About 10 days ago, the couple filed an open records request for the library's expenditures involving reimbursements. I gave them that. Now, another person within their group of supporters wants us to re-catalog books that are science but from a creationist viewpoint. I told her no," Tyree said.

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