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2013 Intellectual Freedom Festival

The Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival is an Annual Event at ICPL that affirms everyone's right to freedom of thought and expression. All events are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

TAG (Teen Activity Group)

Saturday, September 21st, 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B

Join the Teen Activity Group as they discuss and decorate banned books.

Protecting Your Privacy: internet Safety

Monday, September 23rd, 1:00 p.m.
Computer Lab

Wary of the threats lurking around online? Join ICPL staff for an internet safety course. You will learn strategies and skills to protect yourself and your privacy.

Banned Book Storytime with Kathy

Wednesday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.
Storytime Room

In celebration of Banned Books Week, September 25nd to 28th and part of the Iowa City Public Library 2013 Intellectual Freedom Festival.

All the President's Men film screening

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

1976 Academy Award winning political thriller based on the Watergate scandal. Stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward who broke the story that brought down President Richard Nixon.

The Banned Poems that Built America - From Whitman to Tupac: Senior Center Poetry Reading Aloud

Thursday, September 26, 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Please join the Reading Aloud Group from The Center and Iowa City Public Library Staff as they explore the subject of banned poems. This program will look at the history of banned poems with the Reading Aloud Group reading several examples of poets and poems banned.

Is this Censorship?

Thursday, September 26 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

I wish my tax money hadn't purchased this. I don't think kids should see this. This is trash. At what point does one person's opinion become censorship? During Banned Books week, the public will be invited to place labels on Library materials as if censorship did not matter. Then at this event writers from the UI International Writing Program and ICPL Librarians will lead a discussion on when opinion turns to Censorship.

Documentary screening: Far Out Isn't Far Enough - the Tomi Ungerer Story

Friday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Tomi Ungerer and Maurice Sendak changed the landscape of children's books in the 1950's and 60's with book for children that scared adults but children loved. By the 1970's though Ungerer's works disappeared from bookstores and libraries when he began illustrating erotic books for adults.

First Floor Display: Why books are banned...

They may contain profanity, violence, or sorcery. Others are seen as blasphemous, sexually explicit, or un-American. For a number of reasons, books are still banned and challenged. At Iowa City Public Library, we celebrate the freedom to express, access, and share information that some may find unsuitable or offensive. But what if your freedom to read was unprotected? What if censorship was as easy as marking a book to be pulled from the shelves? During Banned Books Week, we ask you to challenge a book. What book at ICPL do you find problematic? What book has offended you in plot, character, or language? Stop by our 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.

The final result of the display will be discussed at the "Is This Censorship?" event on Thursday, September 26th at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.


About the Festival

In 1995, the Iowa City Public Library established the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Carol's 26-year career at ICPL and life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. Spaziani (shown left) believes that the public library's role is to be a resource and a forum for an individual's pursuit and expression of diverse points of view. A Library committee monitors current intellectual freedom issues and plans programs of interest for area residents. Celebrate your intellectual freedom and head to the Library for interesting programs and discussions. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

What is Intellectual Freedom?

Intellectual Freedom is a basic human right, defined by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The American Library Association affirms Intellectual Freedom as a basis for our democratic system and recognizes the important role libraries play in Intellectual Freedom issues. In order to be responsible citizens who have the ability to self-govern, we must be well-informed. Libraries provide information, ideas and resources in a variety of formats, enabling an informed citizenry.