HUDSONVILLE, MI — (08-12-22) — Conservatives attempt to shutdown the Patmos Library over stocking LGBTQ books isn’t working out the way they thought it would, as the Library raises over $100,000 from residents.

Conservative Voters which make up 84% of the town, rejected a proposal to renew tax funds for the Patmos Library in Hudsonville, eliminating $245,000 of the public library’s annual budget.

While the Patmos library had agreed to place the LGBTQ books behind the circulation desk, it was not enough for the dark age conservative voters to continue to fund the library.

The vote comes as the state’s supreme court recently ruled that Michigan businesses cannot fire employees or discriminate against customers because of their sexual orientation, a major victory for LGBTQ rights.

Larry Walton, the library’s board president, told local news site Bridge Michigan that he was shocked at the loss of funds and that he believes that the library could run out of funds by the end of next year without those tax dollars.

“The library is the centre of the community,” sid Walton. “For individuals to be short-sighted to close that down over opposing LGBTQ is very disappointing.” said Walton.

However two days after the conservative salem witch vote, Jesse Dillman, a resident of nearby Jamestown, launched an online fundraising campaign for the library and has helped raise $115,116 as of this report.

One donor, Michigan librarian Beth Pierson, wrote on the fundraising page:

“I’m saddened and scared by what I’m seeing across the country regarding the attempts to limit freedom of access to information. Thank you for stepping up to do the right thing for the Patmos Library!” said Pierson.

If you would like to show your support for the Patmos Library, Visit

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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