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Library Events

Defending a Dangerous Book

Feb 13

4:00 PM5:00 PM
Kaplan Library Room 218

MSMC Library Week, February 11-15, 2019
#ReasonsWhyBooksAre Banned

Madelyn Folino, MSMC Class of '73
Director, Florida Public Library, Florida NY
the word censored displayed twice

What happens when a parent decides a book is too dangerous to remain on the shelves of a public library? Who has the responsibility for defending intellectual freedom? Come hear the story of one Orange County library’s experience with the “dangerous” picture book King & King, a Dutch tale of a prince who marries a prince and lives happily ever after. Join the director who got dragged into defending a book she doesn’t even like for a first person account of what to do when someone says “You can’t read that book – it’s immoral!”

Madelyn Folino is a 1973 graduate of MSMC. She has been Director of the Florida Public Library for over 20 years and a professional storyteller for over 30 years. She is the recipient of New York Library Association’s (NYLA) Moshier/Wynkoop Award for best practices, as well as the NYLA’s Intellectual Freedom Award. Madelyn is a founding mother of the Black Dirt Storytelling Guild and reads, writes and gardens in Orange County. Her latest project has been performing her fringe show of family stories and folktales in the Hudson Valley and beyond.


Defending a Dangerous Book will take place on Wednesday, February 13th at 4 p.m. in the Kaplan Library, Room 218. This event has been approved for FYE College Life credit, but students at all levels are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there! 


MSMC LIBRARY WEEK 2019 focuses on protecting our freedom to read.
Each day of Library Week there is programming that addresses a theme as to why books are challenged or banned.  Check our website for details on other events and activities during the week!

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