National Library Week: Censorship with Banned Book Author Nancy Garden and ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Kent Oliver
This event was held on April 14, 2008 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Are books and the right to read still under attack? This discussion of book and library material banning issues will feature Nancy Garden, winner of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work defending her novel "Annie On My Mind" from an attempt to ban it from libraries in a Kansas school district, and Kent Oliver, Chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop.
In 1993, Annie On My Mind was banned by the Olathe School District and burned in demonstrations. The issue became a First Amendment lawsuit when a group of teens and parents sued to have the book returned to library shelves. In 1995, a federal judge ruled in their favor.