Vonnegut Library Banned Books Week Events including Sarah Ockler Visit

After making international headlines this summer for its stand against the removal of the classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five from a Missouri school district, The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will continue its fight against censorship with multiple events in Maryland, Indiana, and Missouri during Banned Books Week from September 24 through October 1.


  • The Baltimore, Maryland, chapter of the library will participate in the Baltimore Book Festival from September 23–25. The event will be held at Mt. Vernon Place, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore. Events hours are from noon to 8PM on September 23 and 24. On September 25, event will be open from noon to 7PM.
  • Sarah Ockler, author of the often-challenged title Twenty Boy Summer, will speak at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, 340 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, on Tuesday, September 27, at noon. Ms. Ockler will discuss her book and censorship, specifically the recent book ban at a Republic, Missouri, high school that banned her book and Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • Julia Whitehead, founder and president of the library, will speak at the Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac, Indiana, on Tuesday, September 27, at 5:30PM.
  • Dr. William Rodney Allen, author of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and a KVML board member, will speak via Skype at the Springfield-Greene County Library, Brentwood Branch, 2214 Brentwood Blvd., Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday, September 29, at 8PM. He will discuss the ban of Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five by the school board in nearby Republic, Missouri.

In addition to the above events, there will be a Banned Book Weeks sale in the library gift shop in Indianapolis from September 24 through October 1. Copies of Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, two of Vonnegut’s most challenged novels, will be on sale as well as newly designed library t-shirts and tote bags.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library via phone at 317.652.1954, e-mail [email protected], or visit the web site at http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/.

Sarah Ockler



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