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We (Steve and Helen) irresponsibly gave up our promising careers in aviation and bookselling over ten years ago. Now books seem to have taken over our lives. We frequent libraries, bookstores, and thrift shops in search of interesting books. We buy/swap/sell, but mainly, we read. We both wear glasses and have been mistaken for librarians.


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OCTOBER 20, 2008 7:05PM

Wasilla Library Rejects Donated Books

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The Palin legacy lives on at the Wasilla Public Library. Acording to this article in last Thursday's Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, San Franciscan Michael Petrelis donated two books last month to the Wasilla library: Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy's Roommate. Both are picture books for new readers and feature gay parents. Both books were first published in 1990.


The Wasilla library director, KJ Martin-Albright, rejected the books, which arrived during Banned Books week, on the grounds that they were "poorly constructed, lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers." She also said the books "appeared unable to stand repeated use, and would have likely fallen apart eventually."

“It really doesn’t have anything to do with the content or lack of content,” Martin-Albright said.

daddy's roommate 

Martin-Albright's unconvincing statements aside, the Mat-Su Library Network, of which the Wasilla Library is a member, already owns Daddy's Roommate and other books about homosexuality, including Pastor, I Am Gay.  This was the book that reportedly caused Mayor Sarah Palin to inquire about removing books from the library.  

Perhaps Martin-Albright will soon be purging the Wasilla library of all the books that may, one day, fall apart.


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Wasillians should start a rebel library, where donors could purchase copies of controversial books and make them available via Craig's List. They have the web there; they should use it for good.
Not a bad idea, Undertow. There's some real attitude in that town -- check out the comments after the Frontiersman article.
Just when I think this election year can't get any stranger I read the following: ". . . rejected the books, which arrived during Banned Books week, on the grounds that they were "poorly constructed, lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers."

I hope the television comedians have fun with this one.
The focus on children's books in relation to same-sex marriage is interesting. Even the TV campaign against Calif. Proposition 8 uses a children's picture book.

According to the Official Voter Information Guide published by the Calif. Sec. of State, Proposition 8 "eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry in California" and "[p]rovides that only marriage between a man and a woman is . . . recognized in California."

A commericial in the ad campaign in favor of Prop. 8 (against the right of same-sex marriage) shows a little girl bringing home a picture book from school.

"Guess what I learned in school today? . . . I learned that a prince can marry a prince and that I can marry a princess!"

From the look of horror on the mother's face, she must think her smiling little girl is going to be forced to marry a woman.

People who want to restrict freedom know that books and stories are dangerous.
These are scary politics even if I wasn't a lesbian. Crazy. Thanks for the book info Biblio!
I, for one, am super pissed that Eric Carle's "Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?" was so easily torn by my one-year-old. They shouldn't have such fragile books in my library. Well, maybe it would be OK if they were board books, I guess.
Can I assume this is not the same library director who told Palin that under no circumstances would she remove material from her library at the behest of politicians? What happened to her? (I know she was fired at one point, but I thought she got her job back.)
That's right, Lainey, it's a different library director. Mary Ellen Emmons (now Baker) did get her job back, then later resigned from the Wasilla library in 1999 and now works in Fairbanks.
I'm no bibliophile, and I don't think there are any bookbinders in the family tree, but isn't this just an issue of the spine?