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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Update on West Bend Library Controversy: Board Members Removed, ALA and Free Speech Groups Object, Michael Zimmer (April 29, 2009)

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HANRAHAN uses GAY PLATFORM from MADISON to gain support in West Bend, Ginny Maziarka (April 29, 2009)

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Response to ALA President and OIF Director Regarding West Bend, WI, and Control of the Local Library, Dan Kleinman (April 29, 2009)

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Correction, Maria Hanrahan (April 28, 2009)

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Intimidation Tactics?-Not!, Maria Hanrahan (April 26, 2009)

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A Lesson in Free Speech, Intolerance, and Libertarianism, Concerned West Bend Citizen (April 26, 2009)

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"Pro Gay Lobby" Violates Free Speech Rights with Threats to Businesses Hosting Petition Drive for Child Safety in Public Library in West Bend, WI, Dan Kleinman (April 25, 2009)

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WISSUP's Decline, Maria Hanrahan (April 25, 2009)

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Kevin Scheunemann, Kewaskum Trustee, is Confused, Concerned West Bend Citizen (April 25, 2009)

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NEW! ON-LINE PETITION - Jefferson, Dodge, Washington Counties!, Ginny Maziarka (April 24, 2009)

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Former Library Board members not bad people, Ginny Maziarka (April 23, 2009)

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MASSIVE Signature Drive Slated for Saturday - WB, Germantown, Slinger, Hartford & Kewaskum, Ginny Maziarka (April 23, 2009)

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Former library board member confirms aldermen's decision, Ginny Maziarka (April 23, 2009)

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Citizens being deceived - don't understand the real issue, Ginny Maziarka (April 23, 2009)

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Help is Needed!, Maria Hanrahan (April 21, 2009)

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WB Aldermen turn out mayoral library board appointees, Ginny Maziarka (April 21, 2009)

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City attorney rejects request for investigation - cites need for notarization, Ginny Maziarka (April 21, 2009)

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Letters to Editor just plain silly, Ginny Maziarka (April 21, 2009)

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The Maziarkas Complaint, as I understand it, Maria Hanrahan (April 20, 2009)

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Missouri looking at bill to protect kids in local libraries..., Ginny Maziarka (April 20, 2009)

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LISNews Disses Judith Krug Unwittingly, Dan Kleinman (April 20, 2009)

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Amazon feedback on "Deal With It!", Ginny Maziarka (April 18, 2009)

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UWM pokes nose into West Bend's issues, Ginny Maziarka (April 18, 2009)

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West Bend Mayor says reasons not good enough to table Library Board appt., Ginny Maziarka (April 18, 2009)

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West Bend Mayor says reasons not good enough to table Library Board appt., Ginny Maziarka (April 18, 2009)

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UW-M Library School Misleads West Bend Citizens, Dan Kleinman (April 15, 2009)

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Stop By to Sign Our Petition!, Maria Hanrahan (April 14, 2009)

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West Bend Alderman & LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER Dobberstein confirms his position against WBCFSL, Ginny Maziark (April 14, 2009)

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West Bend Mayor approves alderman's emails, Ginny Maziarka (April 14, 2009)

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UW-M School of Information Studies Statement of Support for the West Bend Library, Michael Zimmer (April 14, 2009)

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26-minute video - Town Hall Meeting - Library Issue, Ginny Maziarka (April 8, 2009)

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More challenged books: couple petitions West Bend, WI, public library, National Coalition Against Censorship (April 8, 2009)

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Porn in the Library! West Bend Society for the Suppression of Vice Battles On, M Peterson (April 6, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board - A little FYI, Ginny Maziarka (April 5, 2009)

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Signature "drive-thru" - West Bend Library Petition - SATURDAY 8 to 2, Ginny Maziarka (April 3, 2009)

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Opposition just doesn't get it - Book "banning"? NOT, Ginny Maziarka (April 1, 2009)

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Censorship? Or Selective Review?, Ginny Maziarka (April 1, 2009)

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"Drive-Thru" Signature at VFW SATURDAY re: PORN in WB Library, Ginny Maziarka (March 31, 2009)

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SIGNATURE DRIVE AGAINST PORN AT WEST BEND LIBRARY TODAY, Ginny Maziarka (March 30, 2009)

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Latest News, Maria Hanrahan (March 30, 2009)

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Truth Cuts Through ALA Propaganda and Changes Minds of Former Opponents At Town Meeting On West Bend Library Policy, Dan Kleinman (March 28, 2009)

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Random book banning thoughts and more..., Ginny Maziarka (March 28, 2009)

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West Bend Library Issue "Town Meeting", Ginny Maziarka (March 27, 2009)

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West Bend Library Issue "Town Meeting", Ginny Maziarka (March 27, 2009)

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Petition for a Child-safe, Family-Friendly Library, Ginny Maziarka (March 26, 2009)

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Petition for a Child-safe, Family-Friendly Library, Ginny Maziarka (March 26, 2009)

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WVCY reveals FOIA from West Bend City Hall on Library Issue, Ginny Maziarka (March 25, 2009)

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West Bend Citizens go ahead with meeting despite refusal of Library Board/Director, Ginny Maziarka (March 24, 2009)

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NY City pulled " DEAL WITH IT " book from 371 school libraries citing RACY, RAUNCHY, Ginny Maziarka (March 22, 2009)

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West Bend Library policy validates complaint, Ginny Maziarka (March 21, 2009)

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SafeLibraries posts on broken trust in West Bend, Ginny Maziarka (March 21, 2009)

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

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West Bend Library Commits "Gross Error"; Refuses to Honor Materials Reconsideration Policy in Possibly Illegal Manner, Dan Kleinman (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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West Bend Library - more imbalance - but we're not surprised, Ginny Maziarka (March 19, 2009)

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Free Speech, Maria Hanrahan (March 18, 2009)

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Poll on local WBKV website reveals community's voice, Ginny Maziarka (March 17, 2009)

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Links to websites concerning WB Library issue..., Ginny Maziarka (March 16, 2009)

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It's Perfectly Normal - Or IS it?, Ginny Maziarka (March 13, 2009)

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ACLU - We are not afraid, Ginny Maziarka (March 11, 2009)

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West Bend Library - Is this for YOUR kids?, Ginny Maziarka (March 9, 2009)

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ACLU Misinformed...., Ginny Maziarka (March 7, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board Meeting will be moved..., Ginny Maziarka (March 4, 2009)

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West Bend Library Board meeting postponed, Ginny Maziarka (March 3, 2009)

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Formal complaint against West Bend Library - Large crowd expected, Ginny Maziarka (March 2, 2009)

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**ALERT** West Bend Library moves board meeting to City Hall Council Chambers, Ginny Maziarka (March 2, 2009)

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West Bend Libary issue with GAY books for CHILDREN moves to Board, Ginny Maziarka (February 26, 2009)

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WVCY to discuss WB Library Issue on Gay books for kids..., Ginny Maziarka (February 26, 2009)

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WFC disses West Bend library, Ginny Maziarka (February 25, 2009)

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West Bend Library Thumbs Nose at Taxpayers, Ginny Maziarka (February 24, 2009)

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West Bend Library Thumbs Nose at Taxpayers, Ginny Maziarka (February 24, 2009)

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Fear and Library Web pages, M Peterson (February 21, 2009)

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West Bend Library serves up GAY books to community YOUTH, Ginny Maziarka (February 15, 2009)

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West Bend Library serves up GAY books to community YOUTH, Ginny Maziarka (February 15, 2009)

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Formal complaint filed against WB Library - Gay website for KIDS, Ginny Maziarka (February 6, 2009)

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West Bend Library gay website for YOUTH grades 6 thru 12, Ginny Maziarka (February 2, 2009)

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HOW YOU CAN HELP, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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FUTURE PLANS, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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WEST BEND CITIZENS FOR SAFE LIBRARIES, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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WHO WE ARE, Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

Correspondences

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film/game ratings and library bill of rights?, Dwight Foster Public Library (July 30, 2009)

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Library Board rewrites policy to give broad access to minors and EXCLUDE parents, Ginny Maziarka (July 24, 2009)

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Open Records Request - West Bend Library, Mary Schanning (June 16, 2009)

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Library Board, Kristine Deiss (June 14, 2009)

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Library Board, Kristine Deiss (June 14, 2009)

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Library Board Appointments, Mary Schanning (June 11, 2009)

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Open Records Request, Waring Fincke (June 9, 2009)

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Thoughts provoked by your card, Barbara Deters (June 8, 2009)

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YA literature, Patti Geidel (June 8, 2009)

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YA literature, Patti Geidel (June 8, 2009)

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Speak up in West Bend, Patti Geidel (June 8, 2009)

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Ex-gay books in the library, Regina Griggs (June 4, 2009)

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Can you give me a call?, Waring Fincke (June 4, 2009)

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Thank you! (and my note to Ginny M.), Deborah Caldwell-Stone (June 3, 2009)

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"Read-In at West Bend Community Memorial Library" sent you a message on Facebook..., Debra Lau-Whelan (June 3, 2009)

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"Read-In at West Bend Community Memorial Library" sent you a message on Facebook, Debra Lau-Whelan (June 3, 2009)

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Thanks, Deborah, Mary Reilly-Kliss (June 3, 2009)

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"Read-In at West Bend Community Memorial Library" sent you a message on Facebook..., Debra Lau-Whelan (June 3, 2009)

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Congratulations!, Elizabeth Buchanan (June 3, 2009)

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IFRT, Elizabeth Buchanan (June 2, 2009)