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Title:No Longer Safe: West Bend, Young Adult Literature, and Conservative Library Activism
Author(s):Gaffney, Loretta M.
Subject(s):censorship
intellectual freedom
West Bend Community Memorial Library
Abstract:The West Bend library controversy of 2009 was part of a larger conservative movement critical of Young Adult (YA) literature and the American Library Association. Organizations such as Family Friendly Libraries and the American Family Association leveraged community and parental fears about teens’ reading to target public library policies supporting intellectual freedom for youth. Ginny Maziarka and her husband Jim participated in conservative library activism by drawing information and resources from other organizations and by serving as an inspiration to would-be library activists. Their critiques of YA literature and of ALA policies defending youth access propelled them into a community battle contesting the purpose and mission of the public library.
Issue Date:2014
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library trends 62(4) Spring 2014: 730-739
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/54903
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:10.1353/lib.2014.0019
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-24
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