Palin asked Wasilla librarian about censoring books

In a September 4, 2008 article by Rindi White of the Anchorage Daily News and reprinted in such publications as the Boston Herald, when first elected in 1996, Mayor Sarah Palin asked the Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Emmons “if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.”  News coverage during that period quote the librarian as stating she would definitely not be all right with banning and/or censoring books.  Within a few months of her administration, Mayor Palin sent a letter of termination to librarian stating that the new mayor felt Emmons wasn’t fully supporting Palin.

As Mary Ellen Emmons had been the Wasilla librarian for seven years and was popular within the community, after strong public support of Emmons and facing threats of a recall election, Mayor Palin finally backed down and allowed Mary Ellen Emmons to remain as librarian.

So although it appears that books were never banned in the Wasilla, Alaska library, there is ample evidence from witnesses interviewed at the time by The Frontiersman, Wasilla’s local town newspaper, as to Sarah Palin’s viewpoints regarding the possible practice of book banning.  ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad

Palin asked Wasilla librarian about censoring books

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