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Book banning impacts everyone, infringing on intellectual freedom. On March 7, 2024, President Biden said: “banning books is wrong.” Learn from experts advocating against book banning.

Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, 2023, the American Library Association reported that there were 695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges of 1,915 unique titles, up 20% over 2022. Most of the challenges were to books written by or about a person of color or member of the LGBT community. Through a well-coordinated nationwide effort, a vocal minority are targeting student access to relevant, inclusive books. A diverse array of free-speech advocates, including major libraries, are working against book banning and enabling people to access books that are banned.

The Brooklyn NY Library is at the forefront of these efforts to provide access to banned books. Brooklyn Head Librarian Nick Higgins will lead a presentation about the scope and effectiveness of book banning initiatives and the countermeasures taken by libraries and others concerned about this infringement on intellectual freedom. He will be joined by former Oklahoma teacher Summer Boismier (who protested book banning in that state) and now is Teen Initiatives Project Manager at the Brooklyn Library. Also joining the discussion will be passionate high school student Christopher Lau.

Registration: Advance registration is not required, and this free event is open to all. We enabled same-day registration for our Encore Learning Presents offerings on Zoom. This means when you join our Zoom webinars (always the same link), you will be asked for your name and email address. Please know that we don’t share your information, and we adhere to our Privacy Policy.

Connect to the presentation online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84268052749

This program is presented in partnership with Encore Learning. Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002. They offer a wide variety of college-level noncredit courses, clubs, special events and activities to help meet the continuing educational and social interests of anyone over age 50, regardless of residence location.

Monday, April 15, 2024
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Good for Adults Age 55+
Arlington Public Library

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