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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Local Library Takes Up Advocacy for.....gorillas?

Our local Young Adult Librarian, Kristin Pekoll (you know, the one who apparently chooses the sexually inappropriate books for our youth at our library) is now partnering with WBHS students in advocating for ..... gorillas.

Today's West Bend News:

A number of our animal species are becoming increasingly endangered. 

    Among them are the gentle, noble and intelligent mountain gorillas. Internet sources say only about 600 to 700 of these majestic creatures are alive today and that number dwindles as their homeland is destroyed. 
    The West Bend Library is partnering with S.e.e.d, the environmental club at West Bend High School, to show people that what we do locally can affect things globally. 

I have no problem with those who want to spend their time trying to save gorillas, whales, pandas, ants, et. al,  from extinction, but I am wondering....

Would the library consider partnering with pro-life WBHS students by placing a box for maternity clothing and baby items for collection at the library to encourage women not to kill their babies?

Do public libraries generally advocate for anything not related to library issues?

Since the last library board meeting minutes posted are from February 2nd, one can hardly know if the library board approved this advocacy or not, but one can certainly learn a lot about the crappy, leaky roof.


greenowls10 said...

I'm fairly certain that the Public Library wouldn't consider partnering with Pro-Life students because the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice argument is a political issue. It would be inappropriate for the Public Library to advocate one side of that argument. The issue of endangered gorillas, however, is not a political issue, and I'm fairly certain that there is little or no opposition to that issue, because it simply doesn't make sense to be opposed to it. Therefore, the Library can partner with s.e.e.d. (a group that I am involved in) to bring attention to the issue of endangered gorillas.

Elena said...

You say you're not against the library advocating for gorillas or other animals, so what is your point? The library is a public meeting place and an informational resource for the community; it makes perfect sense for them to aid this group in spreading awareness.

As greenowls pointed out, a political issue would be entirely different. I think most libraries, including WB, have policies against posting info political candidates and/or issues. But you could certainly ASK them to advocate for whatever you'd like or inquire about their policies. This just seems like a mean-spirited attempt to put down the library.

Aaron Drews said...

I agree. You're obviously trying to find something wrong with a relatively liberal institution for the sake of doing so. I actually think it's quite pathetic that you are complaining that public institutions chose to support something that's not on your own personal ultra-conservative agenda.