Words Have Power Banned Books Week Display

Words have power and access to diverse viewpoints makes us all more powerful by forcing us to think, question, and reexamine our own ideas, thereby encouraging personal growth and leading to better conversations and a greater community understanding. The Katherine Brush Library will be joining libraries across the country during the week of September 24-September 30 to mark the annual Banned Books Week celebration. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books highlighted during Banned Books Week — some of which we have on display on the second floor of the library — have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be challenged and/or banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Remember, words have power. Let’s use ours to speak up and out against censorship and book banning.

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LC Authors Out Loud

On Tuesday, January 10th, we were delighted to celebrate the literary arts at Loomis Chaffee through our second annual LC Authors Out Loud event. Sponsored by the Katharine Brush Library and the Loomis Chaffee Arts department, this event enabled students, faculty and staff to share with an audience their original work, which spans a wide range of literary genres.

Having the reading at the Richmond Arts Center on the same night as the community art show and visiting artist show openings gave attendees the unique opportunity to experience a vibrant spoken word event alongside beautiful visual art displayed at the gallery. The event also featured acoustic live music performed by a quartet of faculty musicians. 

 We look forward to putting on more of these events in years to come!

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