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Interesting Timing

In Time (“Mayor Palin: A Rough Record“), Nathan Thornburgh’s examination of Sarah Palin’s political past turns up a noteworthy allegation:

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

Fans of free speech will find this disturbing, but surely there’s a kernel of hope here: at least Palin was thinking of the library as her first stop for finding information about an unfamiliar subject.

By the way, Banned Books Week is September 27-October 4. Yesterday, ALA President Jim Rettig reiterated our position.



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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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