Mary Ellen Emmons was the President of the Alaska Library Association.
She was also librarian at the Wasilla Public Library.
As mayor, Sarah Palin asked Ms. Emmons whether she would, upon ordered to do so, remove objectionable books from the library’s collection.
Ms. Emmons said NO.
Ms. Palin FIRED HER.
After a local public uproar, Ms. Emmons was reinstated, but two years later she quit because “it was just too hard to work for Sarah Palin.”
Here’s ABC News reporting on the whole ugly affair:
Among the books Palin wanted to ban from the public library were, Go Ask Alice and Pastor, I Am Gay, a book written by a local pastor councilling gay people distressed about their sexual orientation.
Hurrahs to the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, for her dignified and conscientious objection to book banning.
Gandhi and Martin Luther King would have been proud of her, and recognized her as one of them—as someone who stands up, against pressure, for the rights and dignity of the individual, and the free ranging of the human mind.
As for Sarah Palin—well, what could be more pathetic and small minded of a mayor, than to try to remove and ban books from a local library?
It reveals an authoritarian personality.
In a world that worked sanely, librarian Mary Ellen Emmons should be closer than Sarah Palin to the American presidency.
Mary Ellen Emmons for president!