Dayton Metro Library encourages its patrons to take a stand against censorship by participating in unique and engaging programs that prompt exploration and support of intellectual freedom.
Banned Books Week is Sunday, September 18 – Saturday, September 24, and Dayton Metro Library encourages its patrons to take a stand against censorship by participating in unique and engaging programs that prompt exploration and support of intellectual freedom:
A Virtual Program
Monday, September 19, 6-7 pm
Join DML staff members as they lead a discussion on the impact of banning books, the importance of representation in literature at all ages, and Melissa by Alex Gino.
Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
Tuesday, September 20, 6-7:30 pm
This focused discussion will have a keynote and Q&A on the importance of readers having intellectual freedom. Registration is recommended. The Keynote speaker will be Christopher Finan, Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Panelists will include area writers and college instructors John Kachuba, Furaha Henry-Jones, and Dr. Sandra Sumerfield. DML’s Executive Director, Jeffrey Trzeciak and Collection Development Director, Holly Richards will also join the discussion.
Main Library, Bassaini Theater Off Third, 3rd Floor
Saturday, September 24, 2-3:30 pm
Alex Gino, award-winning author of Melissa, will share their perspective on the current increase in book challenges and censorship.
Additionally, patrons are invited to visit any Dayton Metro Library location and receive a FREE book bag, which includes supplies to decorate the bag, activity packets with fun games and crafts to complete, information on how to become an activist, and a free copy of Melissa by Alex Gino.
For detailed descriptions about these programs and guest speakers, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Programs or call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.