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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Notes from a phone call between Mary Weigand and District Attorney Todd Martens, Unknown (March 18, 2009)

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Notes from a meeting with library director Michael Tyree, Ginny Maziarka (February 25, 2009)

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Notes from meeting with Library Director Michael Tyree, Ginny Maziarka (February 25, 2009)

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Notes from meeting with Library Director Michael Tyree, Ginny Maziarka (February 25, 2009)

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Notes from a meeting with YA Zone librarian, Kristin Pekoll, Ginny Maziarka (February 23, 2009)

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Notes from meeting with Kristin Pekoll regarding the Maziarkas' request for ʺbalance in the selections that the libraries carry on the homosexual issueʺ, Ginny Maziarka (February 23, 2009)

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Citizen Complaint Registration, Ginny Maziarka (February 16, 2009)

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Censorship: Books, The Internet, and Illegal Speech, American Library Association (October 1, 2008)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Collection Development/Selection Policy, West Bend Community Memorial Library (January 1, 2001)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Collection Development/Selection Policy and ALA Library Bill of Rights, West Bend Community Memorial Library and the American Library Association (January 1, 2001)

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Organized Campaigns to Remove Books from Schools and Libraries, None (January 1, 2001)

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Maziarka "Documentation", Ginny Maziarka (January 1, 2001)

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PROTECT OUR CHILDREN - Join us by signing a petition so that together we can take a stand!, West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries (January 1, 2001)

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

Press Releases

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ALA President Issues Statement Concerning the Library Controversy in West Bend, WI, American Library Association (April 29, 2009)

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Citizens to File Petition for a Child Safe Library, Ginny Maziarka (March 26, 2009)

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Pornographic Books in the West Bend Library Meeting Back on Calendar, Ginny Maziarka (March 23, 2009)

Public Meetings

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Kathryn Engelbrecht, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Vote, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Patti Geidel, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Ginny Maziarka, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Maria Hanrahan, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend citizen criticizes local public library, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Nick Dobberstein, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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Citizen defends West Bend library's policies on YA books, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Dr. Joyce Latham, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Mary Reilly Kliss, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend citizen urges library board to remember scripture, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Midge Miles, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Robert Braun, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend Community Memorial Library Board Meeting June 2nd, 2009 - Limor Hendricks, City of West Bend (June 2, 2009)

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West Bend City Council Takes Vote to remove Library Board President, Barbara Deters, City of West Bend (April 20, 2009)

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West Bend City Council Removes 30-year Veteran Library Board President, Barbara Deters, City of West Bend (April 20, 2009)