Wellington residents respond to a possible book ban at public library

Extra chairs and palpable tension filled the board room of Wellington’s community center Tuesday night as residents walked through the doors of the town’s public library and into its Board of Trustee’s meeting.

The room quickly filled with roughly 40 people, many of whom were there to comment on a list of books some residents want banned from Wellington Public Library.

Though a book ban wasn’t officially on the board’s agenda Tuesday, a list of public records requests from Wellington residents in recent months was made publicly available ahead of the meeting. Among those requests was an inquiry by Christine Gaiter — the wife of Trustee Jon Gaiter — asking when 14 book titles were purchased and made available for checkout. Some of the books on the list were popular titles like E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

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