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'Uncle Bobby's Wedding' Stays, Library Board Votes

The board met in a special meeting on Monday.

The board of the Brentwood Public Library met on Monday, Oct. 22, in a special meeting, and voted to keep the book, Uncle Bobby's Wedding on the shelves, reported The St. Louis Post Dispatch today.

The board sent a letter to James Vandervoort, the resident who had challenged the book being in the library. It was reprinted in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

"The Brentwood Library Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting on Monday, October 22, 2012, and all nine members were present.  We had a long and thoughtful discussion, reviewing your comments on the Request for Reconsideration form for “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding”, Vicki Woods’ reply to you, the conversation from last week’s meeting, and our Board Policies regarding the reconsideration process.  The Library has not had a book challenged in many years, and none in the time of the current administration. We wanted to make sure that attention was taken to following procedure and policies of the Library. In the end, with all due respect, we have decided to keep the book in the collection.

"We sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding regarding rescheduling of meetings, and any publicity that has resulted from this process. The Library Board invites feedback from our library patrons and our Library Board meetings are open to the public. We hope that you and your family will continue to patronize the Brentwood Public Library."

Read the full article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Read more on Patch:

  • Fate of Uncle Bobby's Wedding to be Decided by Nov. 12 or Sooner
  • Book on Gay Marriage Contested at Brentwood Library Board Meeting
  • Banned Books Week: Brentwood Library Book on Gay Marriage is Contested
jill October 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM
So happy that this issue was addressed quickly, and I do like the out come:)
RDBet October 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM
A second to jill's sentiment. Thank you for your service to the community.

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