To the Editor:
The West Tisbury Free Public Library will be hosting Alan Dershowtiz ‘s book talk next week. This event has gathered interest and public comment. I would like to address some of the concerns that have been shared with me the past few days.
As authors commonly do, Mr. Dershowitz approached the library to speak on his forthcoming book, “Defending Israel.” The library does not compensate authors for their talks. The decision to schedule Mr. Dershowitz’s book talk is consistent with library policy, which is as follows:
“Programming will not exclude topics, books, speakers, media, and other resources solely on the basis of controversial content. Acceptance of a program topic by the library does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group’s or individual’s policies or beliefs.”
Beth Kramer, director
West Tisbury library