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Town Bans Book Bans

Wellington Board of Trustees takes action against book bans in the town's public library

Nearly a month after a resident group sought to ban or restrict books at Wellington's public library, the town's governing board voted in favor of a resolution that prevents the board from restricting access to materials at the library.
In her comments Tuesday night, Christine Gaiter referred to the books as “pornographic materials," and said the public library should not “endorse children to read pornography without a parent's permission.”
An overwhelming majority of residents who packed the community board room Tuesday made public comments to the board in favor of the resolution that effectively bans any book ban at the library.
One of Wellington’s younger residents also chose to address the board. “Not to be rude, but you can’t tell me what I can and can’t read,” Sienna Zadina said.
Several comments elicited tears from the audience and trustees as two residents shared powerful personal testimonies of surviving suicide attempts and sexual abuse because public libraries gave them access to books that made them feel understood and less alone.
“This isn’t about left or right, this is about parenting," Macdonald said. “I don’t want anyone in this room telling me how to parent my child and I won’t tell you how to parent yours.”
Trustee Brian Mason also voted for the resolution, citing his time in the Marine Corps, where he said he fought to protect these very freedoms.
After the board made its decision, Christine Gaiter told the Coloradoan she was glad the issue was brought up and hopes by bringing this to light, the board might make changes later on. “It’s sad that they don’t want to protect the children,” she said.
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