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'Thursdays at the U' to highlight Banned Books Week

| Linda Tollefsrud

Photo caption: Katherine Elchert, the new library director at McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, will present “Celebrate Your F-READ-om!” Sept. 22 as part of the "Thursdays at the U" series at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. The presentation also will be livestreamed.

Katherine Elchert

Katherine Elchert, library director at McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids

The American Library Association (ALA) sponsors an annual initiative called Banned Books Week, which this year is celebrated Sept. 18-24. The celebration began in 1982 in response to increased attempts to remove books from circulation.

In 2020, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom noted challenges to reading materials at all levels, including those focused on race and racial justice, as well as others dealing with LGBTQ and transgender issues.

In honor of Banned Books Week, Katherine Elchert, the new library director at McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids (and former director at Rice Lake Public Library), will present “Celebrate Your F-READ-om!” Sept. 22 as part of the "Thursdays at the U" series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. The presentation also will be livestreamed.

Elchert will discuss the issue of what we are allowed/encouraged to read during Banned Books Week. Some book clubs, including one at UW-Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library, focus on reading banned or challenged titles. 

The "Thursdays at the U" weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Neither seating reservations nor parking permits are needed for campus guests.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at tollefla@uwec.edu.