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Anchorage Public Library Newsletter July 27, 2012

LIVE @ THE LIBRARY: SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN @ LOUSSAC

Enjoy free summer concerts on the lawn at Loussac Library, sponsored by Friends of the Library, Thursdays at noon, through August 9. In case of rain, concerts are held in the Wilda Marston Theatre.

Thursday, August 2 AK Brass & Top Cover, USAF Band of the Pacific

Thursday, August 9 Kevin Worrell

www.anchoragelibrary.org ADULT PROGRAMS IN AUGUST 2012

ALASKA WRITERS GUILD ‐ TAKE YOUR WRITING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Test your skills at description in this fun exercise with other writers. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, memoirs or true crime, enhance your readers’ experiences with details. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to write a 250-word description of up to three incidents. Then, if you want, you can share it with others in the audience. AWG meetings are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, August 21, 7-9 pm Loussac, Wilda Marston Theatre, level 1

JOE RAIOLA: THE JOY OF CENSORSHIP

In “The Joy of Censorship,” his nationally acclaimed program which he’s performed in 41 states, MAD

Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola reflects on the day’s most hotly debated First Amendment issues with

great insight and humor. From Sarah Palin’s now infamous gun-sight map, to Comedy Central’s censoring of South Park, to the deletion of the word “nigger” in a recent edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to the burning of the Koran, to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church - no subject is off –limits in Raiola’s passionately outspoken program.

“The Joy of Censorship” sheds light on the endless arguments over banned books, movie ratings, the FCC, the Patriot Act and the true meaning of obscenity. It also traces the unlikely and colorful history of MAD Magazine, from renegade publisher William Gaines’ historic showdown with the United States Senate over comic book censorship to MAD’s emergence as revolutionary satiric force.

The program concludes with a unique slide presentation spotlighting many of MAD’s most controversial

and outrageous covers and articles, followed by a lively Q+A session.

Friday, August 3, 6-7:30pm Loussac, Wilda Marston Theatre, level 1

UPDATE ON PLAN FOR LOUSSAC’S FUTURE

The second community workshop on the future of the Loussac Library was a powerful and exciting

experience. Over 100 library supporters gathered to brainstorm possibilities and came up with very

innovative and thoughtful ideas. This is an incredible opportunity for our community to reinvent

our library for the future.

The team is busy compiling the input from the second workshop and preparing for the next

step—a series of focus groups for specific user groups in August. A draft of the Loussac Facility

Master Plan will be released this fall. We will keep you posted as we gather this information.

In the meantime, we ask you to spread the word and encourage friends, colleagues, family, and

neighbors to learn more about the future of Loussac. A comprehensive plan depends on a high

level of community engagement and we need your continued support.

For more information, visit: www.LoussacFuture.org.

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