Books 'they' really tried to ban in Wasilla, AK
by bobswern, Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 07:20:06 PM EDT
Well I screwed the pooch a little earlier--a big no-no for people in my business--and ran with a story here without verification, which I later found to be bogus. I was in a rush, in the middle of work (multi-tasking, and I don't do that well), and posted a lame email I received about a supposed list of books Sarah Palin supposedly wanted to ban that she supposedly had presented to the Wasilla, Alaska Library Board--yeah I really) know better than this--and found it contained a lot of totally unsubstantiated and false information. Essentially, the whole thing was bogus. I apologized to everyone here.
On the way to discovering its inaccuracy, however, the following transpired...
So...I called the Wasilla, Alaska Public Library. (907) 376-5913. I spoke with the person on duty at the desk in the upstairs "adult" section, Susie Kammermyer. Ms. Kammermeyer (definitely) hesitated, but told me "I'm not sure. Speak with the Manager."
She transferred me over to the lead person on duty at the time, librarian Jeanne Powell.
Ms. Powell said the following, also hesitating, but chose her words very carefully. (This is for certain. I'm not reading into it.)
She said, "The email I received was inaccurate. However (and she definitely emphasized, "However," so I'm not reading into it), there's a page on the City of Wasilla website that will provide you with more information." She then directed me to the following link.
I thanked her and hung-up the phone.
I went to this link:
Take a look at it for yourself. I think it's very interesting, but self-evidently limited in its information.
There have been formal/semi-formal requests for book-bannings at the Wasilla Public Library while Palin was in office. Was she involved in these requests? As of this writing, I don't know. And, I sincerely doubt if there's anyway to get a confirmation on this story, since it's somewhat of an "open-ended" response that would ultimately be received on this, in any event.
So, I apologize for running with the earlier diary...sincerely. Again, I know better.
But, here are three on the "real list" (at least the one that's published on the City of Wasilla website right now), that have been formally recognized as 'requested for banning' over the past few years:
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslie Newman
America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
The Abduction by Mette Newth
As to whether or not there's a record of who actually requested the banning of these books, I don't know if it exists. As far as whether any other books were "informally" requested for banning, I can't answer that question either.
I've included a poll in this to see what you think, and whether you agree with Dumbo's comments (in the original diary) about removing the original. (I've already posted another one--this diary--per his suggestion.) Again, for the record, this is a big f**k-up for someone in my business (media, techology, p.r., etc.), and I'm feeling masochistic enough about it to leave the original up, as it is now. But, it does somewhat undermine the decent information I did find on the way to correcting myself, here! So, please answer the poll. Should I leave the original diary (with updates and apologies) up, below, or not? Alternatively, should we let the moderators decide? Should I delete this? Both? LOL! "I'm so confused!" LOL! (I laugh at myself, often!)