librarian receives cash awards after book controversy

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specialist recently received the Intellectual Freedom Award,
given by the Iowa Educational Media Association. She chaired
the Fairfield Community School District\'s Reconsideration
Board during the 1998-99 school year, when parent Nancy
Hesseltine challenged the placement of the book, \"Am I Blue?
Coming Out From the Silence.\"

Fairfield Community School District media center services
chairwoman Sue Kientz told the Fairfield school board Monday
evening that in addition to Miltrisin\'s award, the Iowa
Educational Media Association contributed $500 to the
Fairfield Middle School media services program. The funds
will be used to purchase additional books for the library,
she said.

Kientz stressed that Intellectual Freedom Award honorees are
selected only for following district policy in the selection
and reconsideration process. Whether the book in question
remained in the library or was removed as a result of the
process is not a consideration.

\"When a book came up in question, [Miltrisin] followed the
proper procedures,\" Kientz said.

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