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Libraries/Radically Open Spaces: Emily Drabinski & Lauren Comito

Season 10, Ep. 216

For this BCR program, we talked about that age-old American tradition – book burning – or more precisely – thought control. 

Our guests were two brave librarians – practicing a profession that is at the core of any effective democracy. Emily Drabinski heads-up the American Library Association [ALA] and Lauren Comito leads Urban Librarians Unite [ULU]. According to ALA findings efforts to ban books in this country are growing at a high rate and the groups engaged in this activity probably do not have children. Librarians and authors fight back, but it is an exhausting struggle. Lauren Comito talked about how the ULU keeps parents and children and the performers safe at Drag Story Hour -- popular among parents -- but potentially dangerous as groups -- such as The Proud Boys -- protest violently near and in our libraries.

This conversation was recorded at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar.

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