For most of 2009, the West Bend Community Memorial Library in West Bend, Wisconsin was embroiled in controversy due to a series of community-based challenges against the presence of an online GLBTQ readers’ advisory list, and the presence of “sexually explicit books” and “books for youth on homosexuality” in the library’s young adult section. While public debate flared, and the library’s staff and board were taking steps to formally review and address the challenges, the West Bend City Council refused to re-appoint four sitting Library Board members over their handling of the dispute. Soon after, following continued public discussion and debate, the library’s Board (including the four members who were denied reappointment but not yet replaced) voted unanimously to maintain the current young adult collection without removing, moving, labeling, or restricting access to any of the existing materials.

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Correspondences

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Youth First Amendment court case and link, Deborah Caldwell-Stone (June 1, 2009)

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Youth First Amendment court case and link, Deborah Caldwell-Stone (June 1, 2009)

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Many Thanks, Mary Reilly-Kliss (May 31, 2009)

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E-mail regarding the Letter of Support from Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System, Nick Dobberstein (May 30, 2009)

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June 2, 2009 Library Board Agenda, Michael Tyree (May 27, 2009)

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quick statistical information, Deborah Caldwell-Stone (May 26, 2009)

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West Bend Library, Deborah Caldwell-Stone (May 26, 2009)

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quick statistical information, Mary Wepking (May 20, 2009)

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Resource Book, Mary Reilly-Kliss (May 20, 2009)

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Resource Book, Mary Reilly-Kliss (May 20, 2009)

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quick statistical information, Megan Schliesman (May 20, 2009)

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YA literature, Patti Geidel (May 20, 2009)

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library board, Kristine Deiss (May 19, 2009)

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library board, Kristine Deiss (May 19, 2009)

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RECISSION, Nick Dobberstein (May 17, 2009)

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TO MICHAEL TYREE, Nicholas Janell (May 16, 2009)

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Monday CC Board Appointments, Mary Reilly-Kliss (May 15, 2009)

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e-mail regarding the vote to determine who will be officers of the library board, Michael Tyree (May 14, 2009)

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[No Subject], Michael Tyree (May 14, 2009)

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Meeting Place, Deb Roensch (May 12, 2009)

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Board Meeting Scheduling, Maria Hanrahan (May 12, 2009)

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Board Meeting Scheduling, Maria Hanrahan (May 12, 2009)

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Space Availability for 6/2/09 Board meeting, Barbara Deters (May 11, 2009)

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Library stuff, Michael Tyree (May 6, 2009)

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Library stuff, Michael Tyree (May 6, 2009)

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Library stuff, Michael Tyree (May 6, 2009)

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http://libraryremix.com, Nick Dobberstein (May 5, 2009)

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Hi Michael, Joyce Latham (May 5, 2009)

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library issue, Nick Dobberstein (May 4, 2009)

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Recission, Warren Kraft (May 2, 2009)

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Ethics Complaint, Mary Schanning (April 20, 2009)

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Ethics Complaint, Mary Schanning (April 20, 2009)

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UW-M Library School Misleads West Bend Citizens, Dan Kleinman (April 17, 2009)

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Alderman/Library Board Member Nick Dobberstein, Kristine Deiss (April 15, 2009)

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Letter from author, Bret Hartinger, Michael Tyree (April 14, 2009)

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Alderman/Library Board Member Nick Dobberstein, Kristine Deiss (April 13, 2009)

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West Bend Citizens for Free Speech News - Sign the Petition, Nick Dobberstein (April 10, 2009)

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DVD of meetin[g], Michael Tyree (April 7, 2009)

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DVD of meetin[g], Michael Tyree (April 7, 2009)

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Board Reading Suggestions, Mary Reilly-Kliss (April 5, 2009)

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Board Reading Suggestions, Mary Reilly-Kliss (April 5, 2009)

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Letter to the Editor for Publication in the West Bend News, Dan Kleinman (April 4, 2009)

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West Bend couple circulate petitions to remove library books they consider obscene - JSOnline, Unknown (April 1, 2009)

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Supporting the First Amendment!, Michael Tyree (March 30, 2009)

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corruption in the City of West Bend, Dennis Melvin (March 30, 2009)

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Mr. Tyree, Ginny Maziarka (March 30, 2009)

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Supporting the First Amendment!, Cheryl Becker (March 30, 2009)

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WB Library Reviewing Sources, Michael Tyree (March 28, 2009)

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Blog posting - draft for your review, Lisa Strand (March 27, 2009)

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patron inquiries, Kristin Pekoll (March 27, 2009)

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Questions, Elizabeth Buchanan (March 26, 2009)

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Library Journal - Topeka Library Board Restricts Access to Four Books on Sex, Sue Cantrell (March 24, 2009)

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Mr. Tyree, Mary Schanning (March 24, 2009)

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Internet Use, Michael Tyree (March 23, 2009)

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Policy change inquiry, Michael Tyree (March 23, 2009)

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E-mail addressing the Maziarkas' questions regarding the West Bend Library's connections with the American Library Association, Michael Tyree (March 22, 2009)

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Some questions, Michael Tyree (March 22, 2009)

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Maria's website, Kristin Pekoll (March 21, 2009)

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radio interview, Mary Schanning (March 20, 2009)

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West Bend Library REJECTS citizen complaint/CANCELS BOARD MEETING, Ginny Maziarka (March 20, 2009)

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Library Board, Ginny Maziarka (March 20, 2009)

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Citizen RESPONSE to WB Library, Ginny Maziarka (March 20, 2009)

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LBGT Books, Maren Stahle (March 5, 2009)

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LBGT Books, Maren Stahle (March 5, 2009)

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LBGT Books, Maryjane Burdge (March 4, 2009)

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ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom - Letter of Support, Michael Tyree (February 28, 2009)

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Library Board Meeting, Mary Schanning (February 28, 2009)

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Library Board Meeting, Mary Schanning (February 28, 2009)

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Library Board Meeting, Michael Tyree (February 28, 2009)

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Letter from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Angela Maycock (February 27, 2009)

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Letter from the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Angela Maycock (February 27, 2009)

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Letter revoking the Internet privileges of a West Bend Library patron for downloading pornography, Michael Tyree (February 26, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials, Ginny Maziarka (February 26, 2009)

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Draft Letter, Ginny Maziarka (February 3, 2009)

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Letter regarding a change to the status of the Maziarkas' original complaint, Michael Tyree (January 1, 2001)

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Draft Letter, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Letter regarding the request to re-start the complaint process, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Draft letter from an "ex-gay" providing "testimony to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals", Unknown (January 1, 2001)

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West Bend couple circulate petitions to remove library books they consider obscene - JSOnline, Michael Tyree (January 1, 2001)

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Draft Letter, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Draft letter regarding the West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries' request for a redress of grievances, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Draft Petition to the West Bend Library Board, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Letter requesting that "books about leaving homosexuality or the origins of same sex attractions" be added to the West Bend library collection, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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Draft Letter, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

Lists

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List of books by "popular GLBTQ authors listed on the West Bend Library's Young Adult page, None (January 1, 2001)

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List of books on recommend in library, None (January 1, 2001)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Resources, West Bend Community Memorial Library (January 1, 2001)

[Suggested Reading List from the Maziarka Contingent], None (January 1, 2001)

Memoranda

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Recission of Library Board Appointments Vote, Warren Kraft (April 29, 2009)

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Recission of Library Board Appointments Vote, Warren Kraft (April 29, 2009)

News Articles

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Bloggers Seize on Obama’s Slipping Poll Numbers, Pew Research Journalism Project (July 30, 2009)

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Library fight riles up city, leads to book-burning demand, Jason Hanna (July 22, 2009)

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Library Book Riles Small Wisconsin Town, Anne-Marie Dorning (June 19, 2009)

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Christian group sues for right to burn gay teen novel, Alison Flood (June 12, 2009)

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Library board rejects restrictions, Don Behm (June 2, 2009)

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Library caters to all points of view, West Bend Library Board (May 2, 2009)

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West Bend couple circulate petitions to remove library books they consider obscene, Don Behm (March 31, 2009)

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Meeting on Gay-Themed Books Postponed; Library Board Asks That Complaint Be Further Clarified, Dave Rank (March 21, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board meeting postponed, Dwayne Butler (March 4, 2009)

Notes

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[Maziarka Talking Points], Ginny Maziarka (April 14, 2009)