Local libraries explain 
book selection process
Controversy from West Bend unlikely 
to be found here, directors say


May 8, 2009

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.

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This story appeared in The Freeman on May 8, 2009.