West Bend library backers 
find strength in numbers
Petition signers decry 'blatant and overt attempt at censorship'

By DWAYNE BUTLER - GM Today Staff

April 23, 2009


WEST BEND - A grassroots community group took steps to support the West Bend Community Memorial Library's policies on Wednesday night.

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West Bend Parents for Free Speech held a two-hour petition signing at the library hours that generated a steady flow of supporters. By the conclusion of the signing period, about 200 signatures were obtained. The group has also generated 155 signatures on its Web site as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The group was formed this month by West Bend resident Maria Hanrahan, in response to a petition being circulated by Ginny and Jim Maziarka, of the town of West Bend, and their newly formed group, West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries.

"We wanted to make sure that if this was presented to the library board, that another viewpoint would be presented to them at the same time," said Hanrahan.

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This story appeared in The Daily News on  April 23, 2009.