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Autauga County Commission chooses three to fill vacancies on library board

BY: - December 6, 2023

The Autauga County Commission Tuesday selected three people for the Autauga-Prattville Library Board after four members of the board resigned last month. The commissioners nominated Ray Boles, Rachel Daniels and Logan Strock to the board Tuesday following the resignations of Susan Poteat, Wayne Lambert, Pam Fredrick and Tommy Gamper in a dispute over a previous […]

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Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board loses another trustee

BY: - November 29, 2023

A fourth member of the Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board resigned on Wednesday, joining three others who left in protest of an appointment Autauga County commissioners made to fill a vacancy on the library board. Tommy Gamper resigned Wednesday afternoon, leaving the board with three members – Sandra Harvey, Doug Darr and Christine Sellers. Darr and […]

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Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board members resign over county appointment

BY: - November 29, 2023

Three members of the Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board of Trustees resigned Monday, an episode that represents an escalation in the battle over content in the library. Chair Susan Poteat, Vice Chair Wayne Lambert and Pam Fredrick resigned almost a week after the Autauga County Commission voted to appoint Douglas Darr as one of the trustees […]

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Autauga County Commission chooses new library board member amid ongoing battles

BY: - November 22, 2023

The Autauga County Commission appointed Doug Darr to the Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board of Trustees after an original nominee drew fire from a group in the community’s battle over library access. “I wanted to help out the library, give it a new voice,” Darr said. “I have been using the library for years and have […]

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Alabama Public Library Service tables proposal to sever ties with American Library Association

BY: - November 17, 2023

The Alabama Public Library Service Board will retain its membership with the American Library Association for the near future. Members of the board Thursday voted to table a motion from board member John Wahl in order to  gather additional information about what the APLS could lose should it decide to sever its ties with the […]

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Alabama Public Library Service: It’s ‘essential’ parents determine suitability of books

BY: - September 20, 2023

The head of the Alabama Public Library Service wrote in a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey last week that it was “essential” that parents determine the suitability of library materials for their children. “Children constitute a diverse demographic with varying talents, abilities and needs, influenced by factors such as age, cultural background, sociological context and […]

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Prattville City Council rejects contract that could have limited local library’s autonomy

BY: - September 6, 2023

Dozens of people gathered Tuesday at the Autauga-Prattville Public Library to demand the local library maintain its independence amid an attack on the organization’s collection of books. The approximately 100 people in attendance later stopped at meetings of the Autauga County Commission and the Prattville City Council, urging officials to vote down a service contract […]