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Librarian to present banned books lecture

Beth Jane Toren, WVU interdisciplinary, culture and film studies librarian, will present a program, “Banned Books and American Culture,” for the WVU retired faculty and staff at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Toren will be sharing perspectives from parents, educators, authors, protestors, young readers and judges.

The 1974 Kanawha County West Virginia Textbook Controversy has a significant role as we approach the 50th anniversary.

As a 1974 elementary school student who experienced the controversy first-hand, Toren sees the anniversary as an opportunity to reflect and seek peaceful and cooperative resolutions to current school and public library controversies.

This will be a Zoom presentation and a question and answer session will follow.

All members of the community are welcome to attend, but must register for the Zoom link by noon Wednesday.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the WVU Committee of Retired Faculty and OLLI, Morgantown.

The event is free and open to the public. Register at: