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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Agendas

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Weekly Calendar City of West Bend, City of West Bend (May 4, 2009)

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Weekly Calendar City of West Bend May 4, 2009 - May 10, 2009, None (May 4, 2009)

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Revised Agenda for the West Bend Library Board Meeting, West Bend Library Board (March 3, 2009)

Blog Posts

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Library WiFi Ended by Porn Fine in West Bend Community Memorial Library; Acceptable Use Policies are Absolute Failures, Dan Kleinman (August 29, 2012)

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Vonnegut, Arizona, and remembering the attempt to force the West Bend Library to censor books., M Peterson (April 2, 2012)

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HQ Opens. Democrats are Main Street in West Bend., M Peterson (February 16, 2012)

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The latest Anti-Science assault on American Schools., M Peterson (February 14, 2012)

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Look For the Union Label at the ALA, Dan Kleinman (February 25, 2011)

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Ginny v. Maria: Hijacked Library or Safe Library in West Bend, WI, Dan Kleinman (August 27, 2010)

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This week in West Bend: The Purges begin., M Peterson (April 24, 2010)

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Let the purges begin. WB City council dumps library board member who stood up against censorship., M Peterson (April 21, 2010)

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Library Board Prez Ousted in West Bend, WI, After Book Controversy; A Lesson for Library Board Members Nationwide, Dan Kleinman (April 21, 2010)

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Censorship - a bunch of "Non Cense", Ginny Maziarka (January 21, 2010)

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ALA Chills Free Exercise of Democracy by Publicly Attacking Mom and Pop Groups Who Dare to Oppose ALA Influence That Endangers Children, Dan Kleinman (January 16, 2010)

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A reader disagrees about Krampus., M Peterson (January 8, 2010)

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Two Christmas presents and a lump of coal., M P (December 26, 2009)

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PFOX asks for RESCIND of Award being given to West Bend Library, Ginny Maziarka (December 23, 2009)

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Congratulations to the West Bend Community Memorial Library, Retiring Guy's Digest (December 17, 2009)

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Schlafly Denounced ALA's Banned Books Week - Calls it "Bullying", Ginny Maziarka (December 9, 2009)

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NCAC Supports Censorship with Double Standards and Made Up Facts, Dan Kleinman (November 27, 2009)

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ALA ACLU CENSOR Miami School Board over Cuban Book - LOSES BATTLE IN SCHOOL LIBRARY, Ginny Maziarka (November 17, 2009)

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NCAC Promotes Porn; Says Keeping Inappropriate Material From Children is Censorship; It Has Lost All Credibility, Dan Kleinman (November 12, 2009)

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ALA Controls Nicholasville, KY; Freedom of Speech Denied by Library; Library Director Says Kids Have First Amendment Right to Inappropriate Material, Dan Kleinman (November 9, 2009)

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West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries gets NEW NAME! EAGLE FORUM endorses new Chapter!, Ginny Maziarka (October 9, 2009)

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Hudson Library shares common bond of sexually explicit materials for minors with West Bend Library, Ginny Maziarka (October 3, 2009)

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Focus on the Family digs heels in with Banned Books Week, Ginny Maziarka (October 3, 2009)

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BOGUS BANNED BOOKS WEEK BITES, Ginny Maziarka (October 1, 2009)

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West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries received Eagle Award from Schlafly for West Bend Library Battle, Ginny Maziarka (September 26, 2009)

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Retirement, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 17, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Verbally Rapes Us All, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 15, 2009)

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Is WBCFSL Fading Away?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 15, 2009)

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West Bend Library Director Tyree slanders City Councilman Vrana at ACLU fundraiser, Ginny Maziarka (September 15, 2009)

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An Open Records Request for Ginny Maziarka, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 14, 2009)

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Why [Ginny Maziarka] is Stupid, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 13, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Rarely Finishes What She Starts, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 12, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka's Newest Profession: Forensic Accountant!, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 12, 2009)

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Ethics Code?, Censorship-Free Libraries (September 12, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka's Statements on Homosexuality, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 11, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka doesn't speak for me!, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 11, 2009)

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Library Director special guest of ACLU - taking his "victory" over the parents and patrons of West Bend to the streets, Ginny Maziarka (September 10, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board refuses to filter computers - responds to complaint via media, Ginny Maziarka (September 9, 2009)

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Introducing WISSUP-Uncensored, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 8, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Continues her Obama=Hitler Rant, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 8, 2009)

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www.ginnymaziarka.com, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 6, 2009)

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Leesburg, FL, Misled by NCAC and ABFFE; Both Write Letter Filled with False and Misleading Statements; Kids' Right to Read Project Misleads, Dan Kleinman (September 4, 2009)

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Who is More Like Hitler: Obama or Ginny Maziarka?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 4, 2009)

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Where is David? Book banning is alive and well in homophobic America, Barbara Steinhauser (September 3, 2009)

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Kewaskum Trustee "shocked" with West Bend Library Director, Ginny Maziarka (September 3, 2009)

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Kevin Scheunemann Shares More of his Delightful Insights, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 3, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Equates Obama to Hitler (Yawn), Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 3, 2009)

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Common Sense Citizens of Ginny's World, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 2, 2009)

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To Ginny Maziarka, and other Zealots, Bigots and False Patriots, Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 2, 2009)

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West Bend Public Library Wins Wisconsin ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award, M Peterson (September 1, 2009)

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Pick the new name for "West Bend Citizens For Safe Libraries", Concerned West Bend Citizen (September 1, 2009)

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West Bend Public Library Wins Wisconsin ProQuest Intellectual Freedom Award, Michael Zimmer (August 31, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka's Crusade Against Homosexuality Continues, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 30, 2009)

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The Evolution (or Intelligent Design) of Ignorance, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 25, 2009)

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Hear Me Out, or, Ginny Maziarka's Crusade against Homosexuality, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 24, 2009)

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NEWS FLASH! Kewaskum Librarian honors his community's standards!, Ginny Maziarka (August 23, 2009)

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Where Does Ginny Maziarka Keep Her Porn?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 21, 2009)

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Kewaskum Librarian turns back on ALA, “censors” books? Movies?, Ginny Maziarka (August 20, 2009)

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Effingham Library Refuses to Censor Book from Teen Section, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 19, 2009)

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Ginny, Enough Already, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 19, 2009)

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Look Out, Myrtle Beach, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 15, 2009)

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JSOnline Column: Read not, sin not? I think not, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 14, 2009)

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ALA Censors with Gay Abandon, Dan Kleinman (August 12, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka: "Intellectual freedom for minors is DANGEROUS", Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 11, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Continues Scare Tactics; Should Focus on Child Literacy Instead, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 10, 2009)

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PFOX Issues Bogus Press Release; Calls Library Selection Process "Censorship", Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 10, 2009)

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American Family News covers West Bend Library, Ginny Maziarka (August 9, 2009)

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Psychologists Reject Gay "Therapy", Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 6, 2009)

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Comment Censorship at WISSUP, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 4, 2009)

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WISSUP Fail, Concerned West Bend Citizen (August 3, 2009)

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ALERT * JULY 29 * Request for porn filters using CIPA funds sent - NO RESPONSE, Ginny Maziarka (August 1, 2009)

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Library Controversy 3rd Most Blogged About Topic Last Week, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 31, 2009)

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Fireside Books event August 1, Maria Hanrahan (July 30, 2009)

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Ginny's Timeline of "Oppression" and "Covert Involvement" of Evil Outsiders, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 30, 2009)

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Censorship-Free Libraries on US v. ALA, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 30, 2009)

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More Resources about the Library Controversy (at the Library!), Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 29, 2009)

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It's Perfectly Normal, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 28, 2009)

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Ready or Not...They're Gay: book signing at Fireside Books on Aug. 1st., M Peterson (July 28, 2009)

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BlogSlut, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 27, 2009)

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BookSlut recommended reading for adults, Ginny Maziarka (July 27, 2009)

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Welcome, Censorship-Free Libraries Blog (and Goodbye Ginny?), Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 26, 2009)

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West Bend book banners still haven't gone far enough., M Peterson (July 25, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Shoots Herself in the Foot, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 25, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board rewrites policy - EXCLUDES parents, gives broad access to MINORS, Ginny Maziarka (July 24, 2009)

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Please read the letter below. We sent this to Mayor Deiss and the City Council on behalf of WBCFSL, Ginny Maziarka (July 24, 2009)

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CNN, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 22, 2009)

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ALA Change-Agents Seek Local Control of Public Libraries, Dan Kleinman (July 20, 2009)

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Porn filters welcomed at Michigan library, Ginny Maziarka (July 17, 2009)

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Speaking of Talking Trash..., Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 14, 2009)

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Chicago Road Trip, Maria Hanrahan (July 14, 2009)

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West Bend not the only ones UNinvited to ALA Convention, Ginny Maziarka (July 14, 2009)

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West Bend is the fall guy, Ginny Maziarka (July 14, 2009)

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Tweet Censorship at the ALA Gangbang, Dan Kleinman (July 13, 2009)

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ALA Conference - Chicago - West Bend Going Down, Ginny Maziarka (July 13, 2009)

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In Most Area Libraries, these are Young Adult Books, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 13, 2009)

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Patriotism WBCFSL Style: Celebrating Censorship & British Literature on 4th of July Float, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 12, 2009)

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Library Protest Parade Float Pictures; July 4th in West Bend, Wisconsin, Dan Kleinman (July 10, 2009)