Intellectual Freedom Festival

The Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival affirms everyone's right to freedom of thought and expression.

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.

About the Festival

Carol SpazianiIn 1995, we 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 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 programs and discussions.

Upcoming events

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

Here at the library we LOVE to celebrate your right to read any books you want! Sometimes books get challenged or banned, so all September long we thank our "lucky stars" that we can enjoy all kinds of great books! One of our favorite...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Meeting Room D

What is the Literary Kiosk? The Literary Kiosk is an amazing machine that spits out flash fiction, poetry, and short essays at the push of a button. It lives in the public library and anyone can access it. It’s like an arcade game for reading (...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A

We are celebrating Intellectual Freedom at the library this month! Enjoy several animated shorts of frequently banned or challenged picture books such as Where the Wild Things Are, Strega Nona, The Snowy Day Little Red Riding Hood, and Babar....

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. Directed by Emilio Estevez, 120 min.

This event is part of the Iowa...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A

Reading Aloud, the Senior Center-based poetry reading group, will present selections from Tracy K. Smith's collection "American Journal."

This program is part of the 2019Intellectual Freedom Festival.