Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin Banned Books-Fiction!

Sarah Palin Banned Books-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker.

The Truth:

Palin did not ask for any actual books to be banned.

According to Anchorage Daily News, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin asked librarian Mary Ellen Baker if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.   Baker’s reply was that she would definitely not be all right with it. When questioned about this Palin called her inquiries rhetorical and simply part of a policy discussion with a department head “about understanding and following administration agendas.”  

According to a Fox News report on September 10, 2008, Baker was issued a letter of termination but the following day was rehired and worked on the library staff until she resigned shortly before Palin began her second term.

If the book list looks familiar it is because many of these titles and works are listed in the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books.  Once a year, the American Library Association celebrates National Banned Book Week at public libraries all over the country in the spirit of celebrating the freedom to read.

“The American Library Association celebrates “Banned Book Week” in what it calls “the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

Click here for Banned Book Week info

Click here for the list of most frequently challenged books

updated 09/11/08