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Advocacy Hour: EveryLibrary and GLAAD on Community Response to Book Bans
Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Category: MLA Connect Advocacy Hour

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: EveryLibrary and GLAAD on Community Response to Book Bans

Thursday, December 14
10:00 - 11:00 AM 

On Thursday, December 14, join us on Zoom at 10:00 AM for our December Advocacy Hour. We will welcome John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary, and Barbara Simon, Senior Director of News at GLAAD, to discuss the June release of “Book Bans: A Guide to Community Response and Action". There will also be time for Q&A. Plan to bring your questions and join the conversation!

Advocacy Hour conversations are always free to attend but registration is required.

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John Chrastka is the founder of EveryLibrary, and a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. EveryLibrary helps public, school, and college libraries win funding at the ballot box, ensuring stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come. They also support grassroots groups across the country to defend and support their local library against book banning illicit political interference, and threats of closure.

Barbara Simon (she/her) is Senior Director of News at GLAAD, the LGBTQ media advocacy organization working to ensure accurate and inclusive representation and visibility of LGBTQ people. Founded in 1985, GLAAD is a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ advocacy and cultural change. GLAAD works to ensure fair, accurate, and inclusive representation and creates national and local programs that advance LGBTQ acceptance. Serving as a storyteller, media force, resource, and advocate, GLAAD tackles tough issues and provokes dialogue so that authentic LGBTQ stories are seen, heard, and actualized. GLAAD strives to protect all that has been accomplished and helps create a world where everyone can live the life they love.


MLA Connect Advocacy Hours are an opportunity for the library community to learn more about MLA's advocacy and legislative priorities including funding, elections, property taxes, literacy, internet access, privacy, intellectual freedom, and more. Each month, we will address a new topic and share any pending legislation introduced in the House or Senate that could impact the Michigan library community. Open discussion and Q & A will follow the interview-style agenda.

Monthly sessions will take place generally on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 am. Advocacy Hours are free to attend to anyone interested in joining the conversation! A maximum of 500 attendees can join each live event. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the meetings on the Zoom platform. 

Please note recordings of all MLA Advocacy Hours are available to watch for free and on-demand at MLA Connect On-Demand.

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