St. Marys Renews Kansas Library Lease After Debate Over LGBT Book ‘Melissa’

A Kansas town near Topeka will keep its public library for another year after political uproar over the inclusion of an LGBTQ book on the shelves.

Applause erupted as the St. Marys City Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday to renew the lease with the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library for another year. Absent from the vote was outgoing deputy mayor and incumbent state Rep. Francis Awerkamp, ​​a Republican, who vowed last month that “I will fight that awakening ideology until the day I die.”

“We are grateful that the library is able to continue to serve the St. Marys community,” library officials wrote in a Facebook post. “We look forward to working hard in the New Year to bring the best possible library resources and services to our patrons. Come visit us soon. We’re here to help.”