The meeting began with a long, boring enlightenment on where materials are located in the library, complete with power point.
The opening statement by the library board, presented by Barb Deters (new president of the board) was lengthy. My husband and I were placed on trial, for lack of any other word that can describe the event with their version of a timeline of sorts. The dissertation ensued lending itself to incorrect depictions of an alleged timeline of events, stating time and again how we were the ones who did this and that and everything else. Adjectives? Accusatory, inflammatory, vengefully attacking...
Not to fear.
The Library Board had a little help.
The following organizations were so afraid of what was going down in West Bend, they decided to pay a visit and lend their 2 cents. Mind you, the standards inflicted on our community by the likes of ..
- DEBORAH CALDWELL-STONE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ALA OFFICE OF INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
- JOYCE LATHAM - UW-M SCHOOL OF INFORMATION
- EMILIO DE TORRE - ACLU/WISCONSIN (School of Saul Alinsky)
- CINDY CRANE - EXEC. DIRECTOR OF GSA FOR SAFE SCHOOLS
are insignificant to us. The Library Board did not use the same discretion that we did (Town Hall Meeting of March 27) in allowing members of the community we live in to speak to the issue first. No. Instead, they threw in these unofficial voices who lent no credibility to our community standards and twisted the knife to commit the murderous assault on the minds of the West Bend children.
In the usual unsurprising fashion, Ms. Stone accused:
DAN KLEINMAN OF http://www.safelibraries.org/
PABBIS (PARENTS AGAINST BAD BOOKS IN SCHOOLS)
PFOX (PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF EX-GAYS AND GAYS)
FAMILY FRIENDLY LIBRARIES
of opposing intellectual freedom, calling them "censorship advocates."
Here are some quotes from tonight..
"Children should explore their curiosity and it is better that they do it with books." - Speaker unknown.
"Your library does not receive CIPA funding, so you are not required to have porn filters on your computers." That was from Ms. Caldwell-Stone.
"Libraries are exempt from the law." Another precious moment from Caldwell-Stone.
How about this one from Latham?? "...when I was a kid it was so easy to find the dirty books because of the labels on them" Our city attorney, Mary Schanning, found this highly amusing as she openly laughed over this account. So was this a confession? An enlightenment? A suggestion that perhaps we need to be askng for greater restrictions?
The board listened to the community speak. This began with two minutes of personal attack on my husband and myself from Ms. Deters husband.
After community commentary, the board then adjourned for a 10-minute break in the 3.5-hour-long meeting.
All of the library board members had prewritten a statements, so the outcome was (as we had anticipated) inevitable.
Each vented their anger over the City Council's disapproval of mayoral reappointments to the library board, specified our involvement in the "constantly changing" complaint, but took no blame themselves for stonewalling, lying, being misinformed and dragging their feet.
A motion was made to leave the books where they are. All voted "aye."
The only surprise in all of this was that we were never notified of this meeting. We found out inadvertently through a friend.
The most profound statement read tonight was by an area resident thast went like this, "All is permissible, but not all is profitable."