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Submitted by Carol Meine, Mesa Public Library

Mark your calendars and please join us at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos as Kathy Barco and Val Nye discuss their brand new book, True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries.

Kathy and Val will be featured authors on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, upstairs at Mesa. Please share more info with others from the link below to the Los Alamos County library webpage.

About the book:

True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Librariesis a compilation of essays contributed by many librarians across the country and editedby librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, all of whomhave experienced challenges to remove material held in their libraries’ collections.  For seven years Nye and Barco have presented sessions on banned books and library censorship to librarians and social organizations around the United States. Four years ago, while attending a conference in Mississippi where Judy Blume was the keynote speaker, the two were inspired to begin work on a book called True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries, a book published by the American Library Association in January 2012.  The authors will speak about their experience of co-editing, compiling essays from a diverse group of writers, and publishing the book.  They will also share some of the stories from their book: intriguing tales of murder, theft, and legal battles.  Learn how librarians and library supporters continue to fight for the intellectual freedom of all Americans.   

Valerie Nye is a native of New Mexico and has been the library director at Fogelson Library at Santa Fe University of Art and  Design for two years.  Her first book was coauthored with her mentor, R. Neil Scott and is entitled Milledgeville: A Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Correspondence in Libraries and Archives.

Kathy (Falconer) Barco grew up in Los Alamos. She left the Land of Enchantment for college and life as a military wife, mom, and freelance writer in various locations, including Guam. A craving for green chile and mountains drew her home to New Mexico. Currently a children’s librarian with the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, she was Youth Services Coordinator at the New Mexico State Library from 2001-2006.

She and Valerie Nye have co-authored two guidebooks, Breakfast Santa Fe Style and Breakfast New Mexico Style, in addition to collaborating on True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries.

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