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public libraries and book banning
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Friday, OCTOBER 7 (IN-PERSON and virtual EVENT)
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
310 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids

Dara Schmidt, Director, Cedar Rapids Public Library

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” ~Jo Godwin, librarian

Public libraries serve communities in every way possible: they support literacy and education, nurture creativity, and provide resources and public spaces. They also come under fire for many of those same reasons.

Dara Schmidt, Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, will discuss the current challenges faced by public libraries, including book banning and other threats to one of our nation’s most important institutions.

There are three ways you can join us for Intersections:

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dara Hanke Schmidt (she, her, hers) has been the Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library for the past eight years. She grew up eastern Iowa and returned for the beautiful library and amazing community to raise her three children. She currently serves on the boards for the national Public Library Association and local Meth-Wick.

Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.