Program Type:Online Program
Support Your Freedom to Read
The freedom to read is a fundamental American right: you choose the ideas, information, and cultural experiences that are right for you and your family. That right is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. And your public library supports that right by providing free and open access to all.
Book bans infringe on that right. When people demand that libraries remove books, they deny you and others the right to choose. Those demands are happening at an unprecedented rate. The American Library Association (ALA) reported more book challenges in 2022 than any previous year.
This Banned Books Week webinar, moderated by syndicated columnist Heidi Stevens, will share how to effectively support intellectual freedom. Join in to examine the current state of book challenges, Illinois’ legislative response, and the implications of censorship on communities with this panel of experts:
Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian
Monica Harris, executive director, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Jasmine Warga, author of challenged books The Shape of Thunder and Other Words for Home
Jarrett Dapier, author of challenged picture books and a freedom to read advocate
You can register for this program online at bit.ly/freedom100223, by calling 309.590.6168, or by visiting the Adult Services Desk in person. Once you've registered, a link to the program will be emailed to you.
Questions about this program can be emailed to Mimi at firstname.lastname@example.org.