skip to content
Shut up! : the bizarre war that one public library waged against the First Amendment Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Shut up! : the bizarre war that one public library waged against the First Amendment

Author: Megan Fox; Kevin DuJan
Publisher: [United States] : [publisher not identified], [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Summary:
What bad things could possibly be happening in your local public library? In SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, citizen sleuths Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, harassment, bullying, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library engaged in (with help from the American Library Association (ALA), the Orland Park Police, and
Rating:

based on 7 rating(s) 7 with reviews

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Megan Fox; Kevin DuJan
ISBN: 9781533382337 1533382336
OCLC Number: 951988951
Description: 651 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Censored! --
M.E.D.U.S.A. --
P.E.R.S.E.U.S --
Victorious!
Responsibility: by Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan.

Abstract:

What bad things could possibly be happening in your local public library? In SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, citizen sleuths Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, harassment, bullying, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library engaged in (with help from the American Library Association (ALA), the Orland Park Police, and the Village of Orland Park) to chill free speech, trample civil rights, destroy a safe space, stifle debate, and frighten away critics. This one wayward public library in the affluent Chicago suburbs had for years willfully covered up dangers to children and unreported crimes…and its staff and library board trustees used every dirty trick they could think of (including weaponizing the police and engaging in lawfare with a SLAPP suit) to silence parents and patrons who complained about sexual activity, a hostile work environment, and rampant spending waste in a spare-no-expense public building with all the bells and whistles (but little accountability for public employees who blatantly ignored Illinois state library and transparency laws). The library committed itself to shutting up Fox & DuJan at all costs, in what became a war of proxy between the lobbyists of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the rights of citizens to petition government bodies for change and redress of grievances. A public library that insisted men have a First Amendment right to sexually arouse themselves in a building full of children became obsessed with eradicating the public’s First Amendment right to address and correct dangers to children in the one place that everyone always assumed was safe for kids: the local public library. This is the story of how a suburban Chicago scandal became so outrageous that it made national headlines (and even ended up on Saturday Night Live).

Fox and Dulan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library used to cover up dangers to children and unreported crimes, silencing patrons who complained about sexual activity, a hostile work environment, and rampant spending waste. With help from the American Library Association, the Orland Park Police, and the Village of Orland Park, the Library became obsessed with eradicating the public's First Amendment right to address and correct dangers to children in the one place that everyone always assumed was safe for kids.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews

WorldCat User Reviews (7)

I liked it in spite of myself and must admit it

by LBMerlo613 (WorldCat user published 2016-06-24) Good Permalink

I wanted to hate this book because someone in my family works in a library (but not Orland). I heard bits of this story secondhand over the years while it all happened. For a while it was all anyone talked about. You kind of took sides based on if you knew someone who worked in the Orland library...
Read more...  Read more...

  • 7 of 9 people found this review helpful. Did it help you? 
  •   

EPIC story like a mystery where heroes win big

by Colleen042 (WorldCat user published 2016-07-27) Excellent Permalink

I do not read a lot of books anymore because I am busy. I read mostly online articles. Can't remember the last time I bought a book. The reason I bought Shut up! is because I live in Orland Park and I was curious to read the story about what had gone down at the library. This was a big fight in our...
Read more...  Read more...

  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful. Did it help you? 
  •   

Debunking American Librarian Association liars

by GoodreaderMom (WorldCat user published 2016-08-03) Excellent Permalink

The thesis of Megan Fox/Kevin Dujan's book is simple: the American Library Association lies to the public and tells librarians to cover up crimes that are committed in public libraries.

This is a serious accusation. And guess what? This book "Shut up! The Bizarre War that One Public Library...
Read more...  Read more...

  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Did it help you? 
  •   

Discomforting the powerful in the community

by NicolasPrajka (WorldCat user published 2016-08-09) Excellent Permalink

Mrs. Fox and Mr. DuJan are both broad observers of life. As commentators on local government and the First Amendment, they are set apart by a writing style that weaves together funny anecdotes, personal biographies, historical events, and documented public occurrences into an engrossing...
Read more...  Read more...

  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Did it help you? 
  •   

Excellent case study of SLAPP abuse by govt employee

by JudiciousWatch (WorldCat user published 2016-08-06) Excellent Permalink

I am a researcher working on briefs in support of the SPEAK FREE Act being debated by Congress currently (August 2016). There are very few books written about SLAPPs, Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. I read the George Pring/Penelope Canan book from the 1990s and also the Michelangelo...
Read more...  Read more...

  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful. Did it help you? 
  •   
 
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (40)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/951988951> # Shut up! : the bizarre war that one public library waged against the First Amendment
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "951988951" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/xxu> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/internet_pornography> ; # Internet pornography
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/public_libraries_united_states> ; # Public libraries--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/internet_and_children_united_states> ; # Internet and children--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/pornography_censorship> ; # Pornography--Censorship
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/freedom_of_speech> ; # Freedom of speech
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Organization/orland_park_public_library> ; # Orland Park Public Library.
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Person/dujan_kevin> ; # Kevin DuJan
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Person/fox_megan> ; # Megan Fox
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:datePublished "2016" ;
   schema:description "Fox and Dulan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library used to cover up dangers to children and unreported crimes, silencing patrons who complained about sexual activity, a hostile work environment, and rampant spending waste. With help from the American Library Association, the Orland Park Police, and the Village of Orland Park, the Library became obsessed with eradicating the public's First Amendment right to address and correct dangers to children in the one place that everyone always assumed was safe for kids."@en ;
   schema:description "What bad things could possibly be happening in your local public library? In SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, citizen sleuths Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, harassment, bullying, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library engaged in (with help from the American Library Association (ALA), the Orland Park Police, and the Village of Orland Park) to chill free speech, trample civil rights, destroy a safe space, stifle debate, and frighten away critics. This one wayward public library in the affluent Chicago suburbs had for years willfully covered up dangers to children and unreported crimes…and its staff and library board trustees used every dirty trick they could think of (including weaponizing the police and engaging in lawfare with a SLAPP suit) to silence parents and patrons who complained about sexual activity, a hostile work environment, and rampant spending waste in a spare-no-expense public building with all the bells and whistles (but little accountability for public employees who blatantly ignored Illinois state library and transparency laws). The library committed itself to shutting up Fox & DuJan at all costs, in what became a war of proxy between the lobbyists of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the rights of citizens to petition government bodies for change and redress of grievances. A public library that insisted men have a First Amendment right to sexually arouse themselves in a building full of children became obsessed with eradicating the public’s First Amendment right to address and correct dangers to children in the one place that everyone always assumed was safe for kids: the local public library. This is the story of how a suburban Chicago scandal became so outrageous that it made national headlines (and even ended up on Saturday Night Live)."@en ;
   schema:description "Censored! -- M.E.D.U.S.A. -- P.E.R.S.E.U.S -- Victorious!"@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/3218860382> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "Shut up! : the bizarre war that one public library waged against the First Amendment"@en ;
   schema:productID "951988951" ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781533382337> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/951988951> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Organization/orland_park_public_library> # Orland Park Public Library.
    a schema:Organization ;
   schema:name "Orland Park Public Library." ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Person/dujan_kevin> # Kevin DuJan
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "DuJan" ;
   schema:givenName "Kevin" ;
   schema:name "Kevin DuJan" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/internet_and_children_united_states> # Internet and children--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Internet and children--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/internet_pornography> # Internet pornography
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Internet pornography"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/pornography_censorship> # Pornography--Censorship
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Pornography--Censorship"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3218860382#Topic/public_libraries_united_states> # Public libraries--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Public libraries--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781533382337>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "1533382336" ;
   schema:isbn "9781533382337" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/951988951>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
   schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/951988951> ; # Shut up! : the bizarre war that one public library waged against the First Amendment
   schema:dateModified "2017-10-22" ;
   void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.