Spokane Public Library to discuss book censorship with outgoing Boundary County Library Director

Downtown Spokane Central Library
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Public Library is hosting an event to discuss threats, extreme requests for censorship, and resistance in modern day libraries.

Kimber Glidden, the outgoing Boundary County Library Director, will speak at the event. Glidden announced her resignation after facing threats and extreme requests for book censorship.

“Between being warned of my ‘imminent damnation,’ individuals showing up armed to board meetings, and many other harassment tactics, I felt unable to perform duties under increasing pressure and decided to resign,” said Glidden. “I think it’s important to share my experience to show how freedom of expression is at risk and how we can continue to advocate for diverse perspectives.”  

Shane Gronholz, Spokane Public Library’s Current Affairs Specialist, will also be in attendance at the event. He and Glidden will discuss important topics libraries across the nation continue to face.

At the Library, our priority is to provide access to a wide variety of community perspectives. Through programs like these, we offer a platform to learn about the different issues facing our broader community,” said Gronholz. 

The event will be held on the third floor of the Central Library on October 6 at 7 p.m.

It is free to attend, open to the public, and no registration is required.

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