Celebrate the 2013 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival – Sept. 21-27

iff-logoFrom the Cedar Rapids Gazette
By guest contributor, Maeve Clark,
September 15, 2013

This year’s festival highlights include:

Why books are banned — Explore censorship in libraries by participating in the library’s interactive first floor display and program. What book at the library do you find problematic? What book or film has offended you in plot, character or language? Stop by the Iowa City Public Library’s Intellectual Freedom Festival table to pick up an “I ban this book because …” label and place your book on the display. You may be surprised by what you and others would challenge. Writers from Iowa’s International Writer’s Program, library staff and members of the public will gather at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 to discuss what books and films were banned and why.

Banned Poems that Built America. From Whitman to Tupac: Senior Center Reading Aloud — Join the Reading Aloud Group from The Center and Iowa City Public Library staff at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 as they explore the subject of banned poems.

Documentary Film Screening: “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough — The Tomi Ungerer Story.” Tomi Ungerer, along with his contemporary Maurice Sendak, changed the landscape of children’s literature in the ’50s and ’60s with books adored by children and abhorred by adults. By the 1970s though, Ungerer’s works disappeared from bookstores and libraries when he began illustrating books for adults. Jennifer Burek Pierce, association professor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, will introduce the film with a brief history of censorship and children’s literature at 7 p.m. Sept. 27.

For more information on the Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival and Banned Books week, visit icpl.org/iff

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Do Not Read This

The Young Adult books below are among the most commonly challenged and banned. Can you identify the books by their cover?

Banned Book Contest

Teens (grades 7-12) enter your answers into a prize drawing! Find entry forms (with clues) and a submission box in the teen area of the Coralville Public Library. One entry per person. Winners will be announced Sept. 30, 2013.

Need Volunteers – Live Banned Book Display

IMG_1138During Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28) the Coralville Public Library will have a Live Banned Book Display. We are asking for volunteers to sit in our display and (silently) read a banned book. Patrons can sign up for ½ hour time slots, and are welcome to take multiple slots. The sign-up sheet is at the circulation desk. You can stop-in (1401 5th Street), call (319.248.1850), or e-mail (kdale@coralville.lib.ia.us) to find out what times are open and get your name on the list. There will be many banned or challenged books in the display from which to choose, or you can bring their own banned book.

When do we need volunteers? All day, while the library is open, from Sept. 22-28.
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM -8:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM