Wellington residents respond to a possible book ban in a public library

Extra chairs and palpable tension filled the boardroom at the Wellington Community Center on Tuesday night as residents walked through the doors of the city’s public library and into the board of trustees meeting.

The room soon filled with nearly 40 people, many of whom were there to comment on the list of books some residents wanted banned from the Wellington Public Library.

Although book bans were not officially on the board’s agenda on Tuesday, a list of public records requests from Wellington residents in recent months was made available to the public ahead of the meeting. Among those requests was a query from Kristen Jeter – the wife of regent John Jeter – asking when the 14 books would be purchased and made available for departure. Some of the books on the list were popular titles such as “Fifty Shades of Gray” by E.L. James, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.

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