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How Libraries Sustain and Support Democracy

  • Thu, February 09, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239


  • January Parents & Students
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  • Special price for members, with option to add NON-member guest(s).
  • For a couple, both are current CCSM members

In a time of intense political polarization, libraries in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books.  Yet the Pew Charitable Trust has documented that Americans have consistently put their trust in libraries more than other institutions.

Elaine Westbrooks, Carl A Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University, will talk about how libraries are fighting anti-democratic activities such as censorship. Ms. Westbrooks will highlight the role that research libraries play in providing citizenship education, stewarding facts, and building pluralistic and diverse communities - activities that fundamentally make our democracy more secure and stable for future generations.

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