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Join Us for the Most Subversive Reading Event in Austin!

  Banned Books Bash 2015

Free for Library Foundation Members
$10 for Non-Members
$5 for Students 
Libations and Light Fare 

Click here to RSVP or purchase tickets.

Our Banned Books Bash celebrates the freedom to read and the right to create literary work that challenges and interrogates the status quo. 

Emcee: Cecily Sailer

Readers: Badgerdog Teaching Artists Dawn Ambuehl-Sadek, Tyler Gobble, Julie Howd, Cory Mac Pherson, Stephanie Noll, Ben Reed, Terri Schexnayder, Diana Lynn Small, and Brittani Sonnenberg.

Featured Books:
Howl, Lord of the Flies, Cat's Cradle, A Wrinkle in Time, Song of Solomon, The Awakening, Catcher in the Rye, The Kite Runner, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

All proceeds benefit the Library Foundation’s (free!) Badgerdog Creative Writing Workshops for adults at the Austin Public Library.



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The Library Foundation’s annual gala, Illumine, honors members of the Austin community for outstanding literary achievement.

 Join us for the 5th Annual Illumine on Friday, November 13 at the W Hotel! 

For more information about Illumine and this year's honorees click here.



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Let's Read!

Of Mice and Men coverThis year’s Mayor's Book Club selection, John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, provides an opportunity for Austinites to experience—or revisit—a classic work of American literature, one that explores the economic hardship of the Great Depression, the nature of the American Dream, the power and failings of friendship, and the human capacity for violence and compassion. 

“I’m excited to invite all of Austin to read this important work in American storytelling,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “Steinbeck’s characters, George and Lennie, suffer economic hardship as they chase the American dream, and this is a struggle that still persists in modern life. A citywide reading of Of Mice and Men will generate interesting conversation about important themes that shape our lives, and I encourage all of Austin to join us in reading this year’s Mayor’s Book Club selection.” 

As part of this year’s Mayor’s Book Club, the Library Foundation is partnering with Austin Opera and many other local organizations to create exciting and dynamic programming opportunities throughout the fall.

Please click here for more information about this year’s Mayor’s Book Club. 

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