Valley City Times-Record

Banned books, libraries and intellectu­al freedom lecture series to be held Nov. 21


Monday, November 21, 2022, a presentati­on will be held on “Banned Books, Libraries & Intellectu­al Freedom”. The speaker is Emily Wros, who is the head librarian of the North Dakota Library Freedom Committee. The free event will be held at the Barnes County Museum starting at 7 pm. It is sponsored by “What in the World Is Going On?”

Wros lives in Grand Forks, where she is a librarian at the University of North Dakota. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Illinois at UrbanaCham­paign, where she specialize­d in informatio­n history.

"Material challenges, or book bans, have been in the news from Florida to Idaho to right here in Valley City. School and public library workers are being overwhelme­d by the crossfire of the culture wars,” states Wros. She will include in her talk reasons why so many people have suddenly become so angry about books, and why it matters.

Jennifer Jennes, Director for Library Services at Valley City State University will be the moderator for the evening. Local librarians have all been invited to attend.

An authority on books is the American Library Associatio­n which promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the important of ensuring the availabili­ty of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. Wros’ talk will discuss what is the difference between a challenge or banning, why books are challenged, who challenges books.

The American Library Associatio­n is a nonprofit organizati­on based in the United States that promotes libraries and library education internatio­nally. It is the oldest and largest library associatio­n in the world.

They have written a book titled “Beyond Banned Books” available from the ND State Library through our local Barnes County Library.

“What in the World Is Going On?” is a campuscomm­unity group jointly sponsored by VCSU’s Department­s of Science and Social Science and members of the Valley City community. “What in the World” was begun shortly after 1/1/01 for the purpose of address- ing issues of local, national and internatio­nal importance. For more informatio­n call 701845-7321.

The presentati­on is free and everyone is invited to attend.

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