Banned Books 101: Who, What, & Why?

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In honor of Banned Books Week, a panel of experts will discuss the importance of supporting the freedom to read. Attendees will connect with organizations fighting censorship, get equipped with tools and resources to defend their rights as citizens and as parents, and learn how to combat book banning.

The panel will be held off-site at:

Franklin Junior High Auditorium
4801 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310

ASL interpretation will be provided at the event.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa, “in recent months, public schools and libraries have been challenged like never before. The Iowa Legislature has signed into law SF 496, a wide-ranging bill with vague, highly problematic language that requires public schools K-12 to remove all books that have ‘descriptions or visual depictions of a sex act,’ but excludes religious texts, such as the Bible.”

This panel is co-hosted by Beaverdale Books and is part of a full day of events at Franklin Junior High.  For the full schedule, check out Beaverdale Books events page.




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