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Fate of Uncle Bobby's Wedding to be Decided by Nov. 12 or Sooner

The president of the Brentwood library board said she has no problem keeping it in the library.

The Brentwood Library board could vote on the contested book, Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, before its next scheduled meeting.

Brentwood resident, James Vandervoort,  said in the Oct. 15 library board meeting the book is about gay marriage, and wants it removed from the library.

Board president Sheila Lenkman said library director Vicki Woods suggested an early email vote, but Lenkman said not enough of the board has weighed in to know if that could happen. The next scheduled meeting is Nov. 12.

A vote was on the agenda for the Oct. 8 and 15th meetings, but there wasn’t a quorum at either one.

Lenkman said she’s in favor of not voting early.

“We had two people say that they thought we should just stick with the date, because it looks suspicious if we suddenly try to change things,” she said.

During the process, the book is in circulation, though as of Oct. 18 it was checked out, with two waiting.

Both Woods and Lenkman said the majority of comments they’ve heard are in support of keeping the book.

Woods said she received more than 50 phone calls on Thursday.

“The vast majority of the responses have been to not remove the book, which as a librarian, warms my heart,” she said.

Lenkman said friends of hers on Facebook “seem to be mostly in favor of keeping it.”

She said she’s read the book, and “as a parent of two young children, I have no problem with leaving it in the library.”

Becca Christensen October 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
It is ridiculous to me that anyone would seriously consider banning such an innocuous book. If you don't want your children to read it, don't check it out. It's as simple as that. The rest of us want our children to be well-rounded, accepting individuals.
Brandon Jones October 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
What a close minded fool he is. Banning a children's book isn't going to stop people from being gay. All it would do is violate the 1st amendment. I hope the library board keeps that in mind when they vote.
Lincoln Douglas October 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It will be a sad commentary on the state of affairs in Brentwood if this book is removed.
RDBet October 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I fully believe the board will respectfully deny this request and keep this book on the shelf. Any other decision opens up banning of numerous books. What an embarassment for Brentwood should they ban this book.
FFD October 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I disagree with those who have written in favor of keeping the book. I would definitely not want this book on the shelf for my children to find. I know there are many others who feel the same way, they are just not writing or calling in for fear of being verbally attacked, considering all the political correctness circulating in present times. And if this was read in my child's classroom, there would definitely be an uproar from this family.
Mike Horton October 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
No one is talking about reading it in the classroom. Please stop adding issues that don't exist to the main conversation.

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