Public libraries and book banning
Dara Schmidt, Director
Cedar Rapids Public Library
OCTOBER 7, 2022 — 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids
** in-person event **
“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.
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.
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Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. It's an opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.
First Presbyterian Church
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401