Ludington Librarian Fired Over Tell-a...

Ludington Librarian Fired Over Tell-all Novel

There are 9 comments on the www.mlive.com story from Aug 1, 2011, titled Ludington Librarian Fired Over Tell-all Novel. In it, www.mlive.com reports that:

Stern-Hamilton, a Ludington woman whose “Library Diaries” chronicles unsavory characters in a place she called “Denialville,” has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the library violated her free-speech rights by firing her.

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“False Prophet”

Since: Jan 08

hamilton

#1 Aug 1, 2011
No modern George Orwell's tolerated?

“Who are you?”

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#2 Aug 1, 2011
The whistle blowers are always punished. I'm glad she wrote about the dirty old men. He probably was a county commissioner or kin to someone with connections in the county, that's why they didn't do anything when she reported him.
Milk Man DIARY

Saint Albans, WV

#3 Aug 1, 2011
Just imagine what the old timey ---MILK MAN DIARY (DAIRY) could tattle-tell on....Hmnnnn SHHHHHHHH!
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My Daddy Was a Milk MAn


I am superized that there has never been a movie made on MILKMAN DIARIES...(dairies)
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I mean, he slipped in the back door as the 'old man' was leaving aprox.. 6--A.M.. or so... You know? Just a thought..Some things a person just does'nt discuss... I reckon...
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Duh
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BTW, I have been raising one of the milk man kids.. I would to God that he would give us something besides free milk and cheese on top.... But I will SHHHHH..hhahaa lol.... Oh my goodness.. More later..
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dh

Since: Aug 09

Silver Spring, MD

#4 Aug 1, 2011
Sounds like an epissedtolary novel.

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#5 Aug 1, 2011
Who are the bigger wankers? The pervy patrons or the staff who tolerated it?

“....VETS”

Since: Jan 08

WELCOME HOME

#6 Aug 2, 2011
freedom of speech?????????? the book is published isn't... she did get her credit . what in the hell does it have to do with her work....

they don't like you they don't like you ....
The Monkey

Hampton, VA

#7 Aug 2, 2011
Sounds kinda fkd up to me.
Wonder if the library consulted legal counsel before taking on her dismissal.
Obviously, we don't know all the facts (or perhaps any...), but on the surface it appears they did not terminate her for just cause.
Of course, we don't know the specific state law here. In some localities this kind of position is 'at will', and can essentially be terminated at employer discretion.
Interesting story to do follow up on...
Paris Hilton

Huntington, NY

#8 Aug 2, 2011
What's a library?

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#9 Aug 2, 2011
tallyho wrote:
freedom of speech?????????? the book is published isn't... she did get her credit . what in the hell does it have to do with her work....
they don't like you they don't like you ....
This is more retaliation because she already exercised her free speech. Whether it is viewpoint discrimination or discipline for questionable ethics as a writer is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

An upside is that she now has a speaking platform for the original issues that she didn't have before. Maybe now they will be forced to deal with the disorderly patrons who stalk/fondle children or masturbate openly. The whole idea that victims should be forced to take evasive action and face false-imprisonment while nothing happens to those harassing patrons or otherwise breaking the rules has all got to go.

Something this librarian could have done differently (though not her job) was to collect as much evidence on these people and take it to the police. Have the police to check their unsolved cases of abductions, rapes, molestations, etc., against that list. Then again, she might have done all that and felt her only hope of doing things was to present it to the public.

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