Celebrate Banned Books Week by listening to passages from banned and challenged books and discover why they were challenged. You are also invited to read aloud from our selection of books, bring your own, or simply listen as others read passages from their favorites.
The Libraries’ Executive Director Jamie LaRue (who is also the former Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation) will be on hand to share his experiences as a longtime defender of intellectual freedom.
Ice cream and light refreshments will be served!
Attempts to ban books are on the rise across the country, reaching unprecedented levels in 2021. In several states, legislation has been introduced to bring criminal charges against librarians and teachers who provide access to books that are deemed inappropriate. Learn more about Banned Books Week and recent censorship efforts here:
Office for Intellectual Freedom
Freedom to Read Foundation
Banned Books Week
Reading choices will not be censored and attendees should consider their own comfort levels in deciding to attend or bring children.