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Broward County Library Discusses the Importance of the Freedom to Read
- A Book Sanctuary event at AARLCC -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County Libraries will host a panel discussion entitled Freedom to Read: Intellectual Freedom in a Healthy Democracy from 6 to 7:30PM on May 24th at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, 954-357-6282. 

The conversation will explore the history of book banning, the cultural pressures that have created today's climate and the community's role in protecting and preserving fundamental rights in our society.  

Distinguished panelists include Shane Roopnarine, President, Florida Library Association; Emily J. M. Knox, Ph.D., MSLIS, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D., Library Regional Manager, African American Research Library and Cultural Center. The moderator will be Allison Grubbs, Director, Broward County Library. 

Free copies of two books that are being banned across the nation, A Kids Book About Systemic Racism by Jordan Thierry and A Kids Book About White Privilege by Ben Sand, will be available for visitors courtesy off Akidsco.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. For additional information, contact Tameka Hobbs at 954-357-6149 or

About Broward County Libraries

Broward County Libraries Division, named 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is one of the largest and busiest library systems in Florida. Broward County Libraries Division's 37 locations provide convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

May 10, 2023