Censorship and Palin

Over the past few days the news about Palin banning books has been causing quite a stir. Time and New York Times both have been referred to as sources, but what puzzles me is the absence of any sort of facts.  Here’s the only facts I could find.

Fact #1: Palin asks Emmons (now Mary Ellen Baker) about banning books three times. Emmons gets very upset (Understandably, because banning books is a serious issue).

Fact #2: Emmons is fired, but rehired a short time later due to her popularity as a librarian.

Fact #3: Emmons resigns shortly thereafter and has not accepted any interview requests on this topic.

I have seen several book lists floating around, though none could be verified. Everything [even in the news stories] is speculation.  At the most, all I can say, is that is it wrong to ask what a library’s policies are? Palin did not push the matter any further. She did not submit any requests for books to be banned. I am not going to be following politics any further on this blog, but the nature of this story has me intrigued because book banning is close to my heart. I fight for books to be on shelves. But there is nothing to substianate this story yet except speculations. So here are my speculations: Palin asks about book banning policies (when Emmons is trying to get a new policy – or just instated a new policy – instated) and Emmons for a short time was fired. And Emmons and Palin did not get along.

Link to an article (from 1996 when this originally happened) from Achnorage Daily News & Frontiersman:


Anchorage Daily News

Story from the Boston Herald on the story (this time the piece does actually focus on the issue and not briefly mention it in one paragraph like Time and New York Times):

Palin asked Wasilla Librarian about Censoring Books