OCONOMOWOC - When selecting
books for the Waukesha Public Libraryís collection,
Director Jane Ameel said staff does not choose a book based
on whether or not it might be controversial.
"We try to make the best choice of the best
materials available," she said.
In fact, Ameel said the number of people objecting to
books or materials in the Waukesha Public Libraryís
collection has decreased during the past 10 years. She
credits that reduction to society becoming more tolerant or
the staff being able to address the personís objections.
"We seem to have a community that accepts diversity
and is fine with whatís here," Ameel said.
However, The West Bend Community Memorial Library is
hearing some strong objections from parents over books.
The group West Bend Parents for Free Speech was formed
last month by West Bend resident Maria Hanrahan, in response
to a petition being circulated by Ginny and Jim Maziarka
from the town of West Bend and their newly formed group,
West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries.