In his most recent letter to the Landmark (“Offended by library display,” April 23), Giorgio DiPaolo criticized the Brookfield Public Library for its centennial display, complaining the display highlighting the 1940s lacked any acknowledgement of soldiers who served in WWII.
Unfortunately, Mr. DiPaolo viewed only the Young Adult bulletin board and missed the 1940s soldier exhibit located in the display case at the back of the Children’s section. For the month of April, the display case contains photographs of soldiers, medals, including a purple heart, a few written stories, as well as a U.S. Navy uniform. It is an impressive and moving display. I appreciate families sharing these precious heirlooms with the community by allowing them to be displayed at the library.
Libraries have a responsibility to provide access to information without judgment and without filters, excepting computers in the Youth Services area, which are filtered. The Brookfield Public Library is fortunate to have a fantastic group of librarians. I am continually impressed by their creativity, their ingenuity, their energy, their passion, and their dedication to patrons. The BPL librarians are eminently qualified to design library displays and exhibits, as well as make decisions about the content of said displays.
Part of honoring veterans is to appreciate and cherish the ideals and rights they fought and sacrificed to preserve. The library is a wonderful example of basic American freedoms on display, what we refer to as intellectual freedom.
Censorship in all of its forms is a slippery slope and has no place in Brookfield’s Library. Acquiescing to the demands of one persistent individual by removing the centennial board would be a betrayal of those who fought and sacrificed to protect our freedoms.
Jennifer Perry, president
Brookfield Public Library Board