Wellington Council strikes book ban through resolution

Wellington residents wait in line to address the city's board of trustees and share their support or against a decision to prevent the council from restricting materials in the library.  Several carry prepared statements with them during the September 13, 2022 meeting in Wellington, Colorado.

Nearly a month after a resident group sought to ban or restrict books at the Wellington Public Library, the city council voted in favor of a resolution that would prevent the council from restricting access to materials in the library.

Resolution 5-2 passed. Regent John Jeter voted against the decision, and Regent David Wiegand voted to abstain, which counts as a “no” vote, City Manager Patti Garcia said.

The decision was brought up by Trustee Rebekka Dailey in response to a board meeting on August 9, when a group of residents led by Kristen Jeter – wife of trustee John Geeter – expressed concern about “sexual content” in the list of books available at Wellington Public Library. Kristen Jeter submitted a list of 19 books to the board that included such popular titles 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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