PROGRAM ON BOOK CHALLENGES IN OUR SCHOOLS and LIBRARIES
Public school classrooms and public libraries, in New Hampshire and around the nation, are receiving censorship threats as the result of laws like HB2, signed into law last year by Governor Sununu. The public is invited to hear about challenges to the movement to ban books in a public presentation at the Exeter Public Library on September 20.
Co-sponsored by the Racial Unity Team, Oyster River Equity and Justice, and Exeter Public Library, the program will feature a brief history of book burning and book banning by Shawna Coppola of ORSD. Experiences and responses to calls for censorship will be presented by speakers, including Hope Godino, Director of Exeter Public Library; SAU 16 Librarian Mark Giuliucci, and SAU 16 English teacher
Joel Waskiewicz. Legal responses to HB2 will be summarized by Devon Chaffee, Executive Director of ACLU-NH. Demonstration of ways to challenge book banning demands will be given by Lori Fisher, State Library, and Julia Lanter, Assistant Director of Exeter Public Library. Emcee for this event will be Julia Lavine of the Racial Unity Team.
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