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<br />I INVOCATION <br /> <br /> <br />PLEDGE OF <br />ALLEGiANCE <br /> <br />ROLL CALL <br /> <br />APPROVAL OF <br />MINUTES <br />(March 5, <br />1963) <br /> <br />LIBRARY <br />(Last <br />Temptation <br />of Christ) <br /> <br />(A:LB) <br /> <br />" <br />I' <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />15:5929 <br /> <br />MINUTES <br /> <br />CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA <br /> <br />MARCH 19, 1963 <br /> <br />The City Council of the City of Arcadia met in regular session in the <br />Council Chamber of the City Hall at 8:00 P.~., March 19, 1963. <br /> <br />The Invocation was offered by Father Thomas Stehly, of the Church of the <br />Holy Angels. <br /> <br />Mayor Butterworth led in the pledge of alleg~ance to the flag. <br /> <br />PRESENT: <br />ABSENT: <br /> <br />Councilmen Balser, Phillips, Reibold, Turner, Butterworth <br />None <br /> <br />MOTION by Councilman Balser that the minutes of the Regular Meeting of <br />March 5, 1963 be approved as submitted in writing. Councilman Reibold <br />seconded the motion which was carried unanimously with the exception of <br />Councilman Phillips who abstained due to his absence from said meeting. <br /> <br />Mayor Butterworth stated that he would now speak to a matter of <br />community concern, as follows: <br /> <br />"Last Fall the City Administration, and more specifically, the City <br />Cuuilcil and the Library Board were requested to remove from the Public <br />Library the book entitled 'The Last Temptation of Christ' by Nikos <br />Kazantzakis. At the same time many other citizens opposed this request <br />for removal. <br /> <br />"The City Council found no reason why it should rush to any precipitous <br />decision, not withstanding a request from some that it come to an <br />instantaneous decision. Since many citizens felt so deeply about the <br />matter, the Council is of the opinion that this matter deserved deliberate <br />and thoughtful consideration, and I might say that the Council is now <br />satisfied that its policy of avoiding a speedy precipitous decision was <br />a sound one. <br /> <br />"Recently the Council of Churches suggested, as well as other members of <br />our Clergy, that many of its objectives had been accomplished even though <br />the book in question was not removed, and as the City Council now under- <br />stands the thinking of the Council of Churches and other members of the <br />Clergy, they have withdrawn their request for an immediate withdrawal of <br />this book. <br /> <br />"I might say that the Council is very grateful to all citizens, and <br />especially to members of the Clergy on both sides, who have taken the <br />time and effort to give this Council the benefit of their thinking. <br /> <br />"There were several hearings on this matter, a huge amount of corre- <br />spondence, and based on all of the evidence which was adduced at these <br />several hearings, as well as upon the written and documentary evidence <br />which has been in our possession, and based ~pon months of considerable <br />consideration, the Council unanimously comes to the following conclusions: <br /> <br />"1. The City Council believes that the following represent acceptable <br />Library Board policy: The Library Board does not endorse a book <br />by its presence in the collection, nor does it condemn a book by <br />it~ absence from a collection. The decision whether to read or <br />not to read a book rests with the individual. The Library Board <br /> <br />1. <br /> <br />3-19-6: <br />