It seems that we have enough information here to put together a rough timeline of Sarah Palin’s attempt to politicize the Wasilla Library, as well as to Ban books from the library.
October 1996 – Newly Elected Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin asks for the resignation letter of librarian Mary Ellen Emmons, along with other city officials, as well as her resume and letter of intentions. It seems that Palin would like Emmons to re-apply for her job of seven years. (Source: Daily Sitka)
December 1996 – This is when the book banning situation arose. According to the New York Times , Ann Kilkenny reported that Palin brought up the idea of banning ‘objectionable’ books at city counsel meetings. According to the Frontiersman, Palin approached Emmons directly and asked how she would feel about banning books. Emmonds reported: “This is different than a normal book-selection procedure or a book-challenge policy. … She was asking me how I would deal with her saying a book can’t be in the library.” Emmons refuses.
January 1997 – Palin informs Emmons that she will be terminated on February 13. The letter of termination was drafted. (Anchorage Daily News) During this period, there is a public outcry, as reported by Ann Kilkenny. The Anchorage Daily News article reported a councilman, Nick Carney, suggested a recall petition against Palin.
February 1997 – Palin withdraws the written termination letter, stating that she feels that Emmons now supports her. (Anchorage Daily News)
1999 – Emmons leaves the Wasilla Public Library