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Shut Up!: The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment Paperback – May 26, 2016
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About the Author
Megan Fox is a columnist for PJ Media focused on parenting and culture, a freelance reporter on local government corruption and transparency and a homeschooling mom of three (and a giant white German Shepherd). Kevin DuJan continues to perplex and infuriate the ideological Left as an outspoken, gay, conservative, Catholic, Republican who runs the political website, HillBuzz.org, and investigates libraries and other public bodies in Illinois for corruption. He lives in Chicago with his boyfriend Justin.
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Top Customer Reviews
Your lives are forever changed since the 10-8-2013 encounter at OPPL. Not only did you document the horrors of the following 2 years, but the many God-incidents. Most striking for me was the FOIA workshop (Kevin) and opulent Ravenclaw Tower (Megan).
You are kind in the presence of evil if the individual(s) is open to dialogue. You are well-read and vocabulary-rich. I see “SHUT UP!” as a how-to book in dealing with run-a-way government entities. You are writing wizards to take on requests for review, letters of determination, binding opinions, and interject the humor of literary adventures or personal lives. I did not count the times I thought (or said out loud), “I want to be Seven or Four for just one day at Megan’s house.”
I am not on Face book to view Sassy Plants, but I hope even more interest develops. I pray that you meet more Rachelle Golde’s, win more bean bag games, and sell a million copies of “SHUT UP!” for your tenacity in fighting for citizen’s rights in an era of Big Government.
Don't believe the American Library Association lies - the events described in this book really happened and they are complicit in the covering up (and perhaps even the activities) that took place!
Reading further into this it is shocking what has gone on in public libraries and how much has been swept under the rug, children were not and still at this time not protected in libraries. I hope any one who reads my review will take the time to read this book, parents , grandparents, any one who has used our libraries and continue to use our libraries there is so much we did not know. Thank you to Megan and Kevin for your hard work for never giving up on safety for our children our good librarians and people who tried to get protection by reporting these horrible things only to have them swept away by those who were held to protecting us.
Where to begin? First, I must tell prospective readers to ignore the one star reviews on this book. They were obviously posted by people who were angered at Fox and DuJan for bringing to light the crime and waste that were concealed by the Orland Park Public Library, located in a suburb of Chicago.
The book is well edited, with beautiful interior formatting. It is also well written from the alternating viewpoints of Fox and DuJan, who each have their own distinct voices. Plenty of humorous anecdotes were included, which made the book a fast read and also made the subject matter seem less disturbing. In addition to funny tales of talking trashcans and a crazed librarian who shrieked at this mother of two in front of her own children, there are numerous references to American pop culture, like Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Howard Stern and others.
Now for the sad part. Shut Up! is the story of a mom who discovered that porn was being accessed by men in a section of the Orland Park Public Library, directly in view of the reference section where teens did research for school projects and papers. The men who hung out in the library all day were exposing themselves right out in the open, and doing things that are against the law. There was even a case of child pornography being accessed at the library, and nobody who worked there cared.
Though Fox and DuJan obtained evidence through the Freedom of Information Act, they were stymied at every turn by the Library Board of Directors. Newspapers printed false stories about them. For two long years, the library employees and board did everything they could to discredit Megan Fox, in hopes that she would just go away, because she was uncovering fraud, waste of taxpayer money and crimes in the library.
What a stinging indictment this is of the library and those who aided them. Rather than admit that what was happening was wrong and could endanger children, they did everything in their power to cover up their crimes, up to and including slandering Fox and DuJan.
They cared more about keeping the library open to viewers of porn than they did about possible harm that might come to children who came to the library. This case is sad reflection of our culture.
Shut Up! contains photocopies of all pertinent documents, so rest assured that what you read is the truth. It is well worth the price, and can be used as a reference for others who are fighting similar battles with their local governments.
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but how can you guys write a book, in which you claim to be fighting against censorship,
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