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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Citizen angry librarians set to "trash talk" West Bend, Ginny Maziarka (July 9, 2009)

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ALA rejects West Bend Community's conference request, Ginny Maziarka (July 7, 2009)

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Mark Belling Transcript on West Bend Open Records Request, Ginny Maziarka (July 7, 2009)

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Plagiarism by ALA Executive Board Member Diane Chen, Dan Kleinman (July 6, 2009)

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Safe Libraries promoted in West Bend parade, Ginny Maziarka (July 6, 2009)

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*GASP* Local Librarians to Attend Librarian Conference!!!, Concerned West Bend Citizen (July 4, 2009)

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West Bend Librarians/ Board Members reach for celebrity status among peers, Ginny Maziarka (July 3, 2009)

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Trying to Make Sense of the Evolution of the West Bend Library Fiasco, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 30, 2009)

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It's 1:00pm. Do You Know Where Your Book Burners Are?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 30, 2009)

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Mark Belling writes column on West Bend Library Board, Ginny Maziarka (June 24, 2009)

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Boots and Sabers calls for Red Alert! over Library Board., M Peterson (June 19, 2009)

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Mayoral recall suggested over (mis)handling of City Council/Library Board, Ginny Maziarka (June 19, 2009)

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Mark Belling does Open Records Request w/ West Bend Mayor and Library Board President, Ginny Maziarka (June 19, 2009)

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More National Media Attention, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 19, 2009)

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Again with the deception and subterfuge, Ginny?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 19, 2009)

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Library Board decides to obtain outside counsel..., Ginny Maziarka (June 18, 2009)

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Library upset about giving over public records, Ginny Maziarka (June 18, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board looks for new attorney, schedules emergency meeting tonight, Ginny Maziarka (June 18, 2009)

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WB Library Board Wants its own Attorney?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 18, 2009)

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West Bend Library Controversy Continues to Escalate, Michael Zimmer (June 16, 2009)

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New WB Library Board is Less Qualified, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 16, 2009)

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Small-Town Wisconsin Has Its Own Blog Wars, Thank You Very Much, Richard Lawson (June 16, 2009)

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West Bender comments on "Blog Wars", Ginny Maziarka (June 16, 2009)

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Mayor to present new library board appointees for affirmation by City Council, Ginny Maziarka (June 15, 2009)

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Gossip Girls challenged in Orlando Public Library - Series carried in WB library, Ginny Maziarka (June 15, 2009)

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Censorship Revisited, Ginny Maziarka (June 13, 2009)

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WB Resident stated Freedom of Speech does not mean "Free-for-all", Ginny Maziarka (June 11, 2009)

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The World is Laughing at West Bend...Thanks, Ginny, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 9, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka: All Rights Reserved, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 8, 2009)

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Burning Weetzie, Kevin Roderick (June 8, 2009)

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A burnin' hunk of love for libraries, The Lost Albatross (June 8, 2009)

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Wanna-be Book Burners in Wisconsin., Unknown (June 8, 2009)

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First Amendment Offends Some West Bend, Wisconsin Citizens! They Want to Tar and Feather, Kill and Burn Books!, John Peterson (June 8, 2009)

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Gay authors could be pawned to make statement to citizens of West Bend, Ginny Maziarka (June 7, 2009)

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If Ginny Would Only Follow her Own Logic, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 7, 2009)

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I hope Ginny has a good lawyer, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 7, 2009)

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Ex-husband of Library Board president disagrees with organizations that help to protect children, Ginny Maziarka (June 7, 2009)

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ALA Gets It Right Again; American Libraries Magazine First to Get West Bend Story Straight, Dan Kleinman (June 6, 2009)

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Do you want 3% of the population setting "community standards"?, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 6, 2009)

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Praise for New ALA OIF Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Dan Kleinman (June 3, 2009)

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Local blogger covers library meeting..., Ginny Maziarka (June 3, 2009)

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XXX-rated library? The West Bend Library is an "UNSAFE ZONE" for CHILDREN, Ginny Maziarka (June 3, 2009)

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Topeka cares about it's kids - goes the extra mile in exercising COMMUNITY STANDARDS, Ginny Maziarka (June 3, 2009)

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West Bend Official Attacked for Suggesting Public Library Books May Be Pornographic; Free Speech Advocate Uses Ethics Complaint to Silence Official, Dan Kleinman (June 3, 2009)

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Jay Weber discusses WB Library Board rejection of area parents, Ginny Maziarka (June 3, 2009)

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XXX-rated library? The West Bend Library is an "UNSAFE ZONE" for CHILDREN, Ginny Maziarka (June 3, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board Rejects Restrictions, Michael Zimmer (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board - lies, anger, and vengeance, Ginny Maziarka (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board Unanimously Rejects Censorship Attempts, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board Hosts Open Forum and Vote? TONIGHT, Ginny Maziarka (June 2, 2009)

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If You Don't Agree with Ginny Maziarka, You Must Be Crazy, Concerned West Bend Citizen (June 2, 2009)

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ALA Pays West Bend Personal Visit to Ensure Children Retain Access to Inappropriate Material; ALA Desperate Due to Major Defeat, Dan Kleinman (May 30, 2009)

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Read In at the library May 29th, Maria Hanrahan (May 27, 2009)

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Formal Statement to West Bend Community, Ginny Maziarka (May 26, 2009)

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West Bend's YA Librarian disses Area Youth/Parents, Ginny Maziarka (May 23, 2009)

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Banned Books Week - HOGWASH!, Ginny Maziarka (May 23, 2009)

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A Response, Jacob Jurss (May 22, 2009)

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Tennessee school district removes "salacious" books from reading list, Ginny Maziarka (May 21, 2009)

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Read-In at West Bend Community Memorial Library, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 20, 2009)

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The Wisconsin Library association now joins., M Peterson (May 20, 2009)

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More Event Information, Jacob Jurss (May 20, 2009)

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To Whom It May Concern:, Jacob Jurss (May 19, 2009)

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SafeLibraries applauds West Bend City Council, Ginny Maziarka (May 19, 2009)

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City Council Members Fail to Serve the Community, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 19, 2009)

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West Bend, WI, Affirms Library Ouster Setting National Example of Local Control Despite Outside Influence, Dan Kleinman (May 19, 2009)

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West Bend City Council refuses to budge on library issue, Ginny Maziarka (May 18, 2009)

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Toleration Editorial, Maria Hanrahan (May 18, 2009)

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First the library, next the public schools?, M Peterson (May 17, 2009)

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Area resident wants to know who is responsible, Ginny Maziarka (May 15, 2009)

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The Latest from the Misinformed Public, Maria Hanrahan (May 15, 2009)

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V is for Vendetta - Ginny Maziarka's crusade, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 10, 2009)

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Book banning in West Bend continues: no common sense on the Common Council., M Peterson (May 9, 2009)

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Local columnist denies library wrongdoing, Ginny Maziarka (May 9, 2009)

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NetNanny Blocks WISSUP as Porn, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 8, 2009)

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Publisher dips into West Bend Issues - tells nation to jump on City Council and Vrana, Ginny Maziarka (May 7, 2009)

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If That's Not the Issue....., Maria Hanrahan (May 7, 2009)

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PFOX explains need for balance of materials on ex-gays, Ginny Maziarka (May 7, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka: Tag Spammer, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 7, 2009)

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Rescind vs. Reconsider, Maria Hanrahan (May 6, 2009)

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What WBCFSL Wants to Take Away from You, Maria Hanrahan (May 6, 2009)

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Think of the Children!, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 5, 2009)

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WB Citizens for Safe Libraries Statement, Ginny Maziarka (May 4, 2009)

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Mayor tables library issue at alderman's request, Ginny Maziarka (May 4, 2009)

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WB Citizens for Safe Libraries Statement, Ginny Maziarka (May 4, 2009)

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Publishers Weekly can't get it right, Ginny Maziarka (May 3, 2009)

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Meanwhile… Back In West Bend, Boots and Sabers (May 2, 2009)

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Ridiculous Lawsuit Demands Destruction of "Baby Be-Bop", $120K, Resignation of Mayor, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 2, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka: Proud Supporter of Gay Theater, Concerned West Bend Citizen (May 2, 2009)

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CCLU files lawsuit against WB Library, Mayor, Ginny Maziarka (May 2, 2009)

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ALA/OIF makes fools of themselves, Ginny Maziarka (May 2, 2009)

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Facts Disprove ALA Statements Regarding West Bend, WI; ABFFE, NCAC, and Others Similarly Incorrect, Dan Kleinman (May 2, 2009)

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Outside help called in for book banners in West Bend, M. Peterson (May 2, 2009)

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Ridiculous Lawsuit Demands Destruction of "Baby Be-Bop", $120K, Resignation of Mayor, Unknown (May 2, 2009)

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Outside help called in for book banners in West Bend, M Peterson (May 2, 2009)

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Alderman places rescind of library board vote on Monday agenda, Ginny Maziarka (May 1, 2009)

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National Support for Our Mission, Maria Hanrahan (April 29, 2009)

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ALA President/ALA OIF called out on LYING/MISLEADING, Ginny Maziarka (April 29, 2009)

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WISSUP's Blog Comment Censorship Policy, Concerned West Bend Citizen (April 29, 2009)

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Ginny Maziarka Pretends She's Not Trying to Remove GLBTQ Material, Concerned West Bend Citizen (April 29, 2009)

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Common Sense Decency - ALL can agree, Ginny Maziarka (April 29, 2009)