Iowa City Public Library Celebrates Intellectual Freedom

by on September 14th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate the 2015 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival Sept. 23 through Sept. 30.

This annual celebration is named for former librarian Carol Spaziani in honor of her 26-year career at ICPL and for her life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas.This year’s lineup of events includes the following:

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room: Preschool Banned Books Storytime with Kathy

We will celebrate the American Library Association’s Banned Books week by reading banned or challenged books.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Film Screening – State Fair (1933)

Directed by Henry King, and starring Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, this was the first film version of the 1932 novel State Fair by Philip Strong. Nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, this film would run afoul of the newly created Motion Picture Production Code the following year. Guest speaker Corey Creekmur, an Associate Professor in the University of Iowa’s Departments of English, and Cinema and Comparative Literature, will introduce the film and provide background behind the Motion Picture Code.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room: Preschool Banned Books Storytime with Casey

We will celebrate the American Library Association’s Banned Books week by reading banned or challenged books.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, noon to 1 p.m. in Meeting Room A: Poets on the Barricades – Voices of the Oppressed

Performed by of the Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center’s Reading Aloud group.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room: Preschool Banned Books Storytime with Morgan

We will celebrate the American Library Association’s Banned Books week by reading banned or challenged books.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A: One Community, One Book Book Discussion – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Join us for a discussion of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson, the 2015 One Community, One Book selection. The discussion will be led by the University of Iowa College of Law Associate Dean Emily Hughes, and Adrien Wing, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Programs at the University of Iowa and Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.

For more information about the Iowa City Public Library’s Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival, visit icpl.org/iff, or call the Library at (319) 356-5200.

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