Banned Books Week -- a great big provocative celebration of the freedom to read -- is coming right up (September 27 - October 3rd), and that means the 2nd Annual UNCENSORED party, a fantastic evening that kicks things off here in DC this coming Friday, September 25th, at MLK Library. The building is filled for the evening with live music, provocative art, and literary-inspired cocktails. 100% of the ticket price goes to the DCPL Foundation to fund programming and services throughout the city. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. (I'm honored to be an Event Chair, along with a very cool group of DC creative folks!)
Can we talk for a minute about the HUGE importance of the DC Public Library?
Our branch libraries are vital hubs in communities throughout Washington, DC. They provide books, of course -- and passage to the immense worlds contained within their pages. But they also provide a safe place for people of all ages to gather and learn and enjoy programming that covers a vast spectrum, from early reading to yoga to filmmaking to 3D printing to financial planning. They provide wireless workspaces, conference rooms, networking opportunities. They are staffed by experts who truly know their communities' interests and needs. These libraries and librarians are part of the intricate web of places and people who make our lives good here in DC.
A while back, we produced a music CD and organized a launch concert at the 9:30 Club to benefit the DC Public Library Foundation. What an amazing night (slideshow below ... )! We had a lot of help from our friends, local musicians who've since gotten famous and scattered around the country. It is hard to believe that was eight years ago ... it was the start of a beautiful friendship with DCPLF. Which brings me back around to how excited I am to be part of the UNCENSORED Kick Off Party.
Please join us!
Oh, and-- this post is Part 1 because Part 2, coming up Wednesday, is Joe's doozy of a Banned Books Play List. Come back!
- Anna Fuhrman
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