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July 28: "Who's Watching What You Read?" Forum on Library Civil Liberties

The USA/PATRIOT Act requires librarians and booksellers to provide the FBI with info on patrons' reading habits -- and prohibits them from telling people the information is being demanded. Join Judith Krug of the American Library Association on Sunday, July 28 for a forum on the new civil liberties threats to readers.
What can we do about new threats to the rights of library
and bookstore patrons, employees, and the general public?

Intellectual Freedom Director, American Library Association

Sunday • July 28 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm
(speaker at 2:00pm)
Garfield Park Fieldhouse, 100 North Central Park, Chicago IL
Free parking next to the building. Handicapped accessible.
Master of Ceremonies: Cliff Kelly, WVON radio talk show host

National media report that the FBI has recently visited more than 80 libraries. The new USA/PATRIOT Act requires librarians and booksellers to provide the FBI with information on the reading habits of their patrons. It also prohibits them from telling anyone that this information is being demanded.

This is not a new fight for JUDITH KRUG. Since 1967 she has been director of the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Fund for Free Expression and of the Council of Library Magazines and Presses, and is president of the Chicago Area Phi Beta Kappa. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois ACLU and the American Bar Association's Commission on Public Understanding of the Law.

All proceeds from this fundraising event go to the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, which has been a leading local and national voice for 42 years in the struggle against government attacks on First Amendment and due process freedoms. Recommended admission price is $25. Low-income admission is $10; unemployed people or the truly broke should negotiate at the door. Make checks payable to "CCDBR" or "Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights"

Light refreshments will be served. While seating is open, reservations are encouraged. Call 312-939-0675 or email CCDBR (at) to let them know you're coming. If you can arrive early, be sure to visit the wonderful exhibit of glass sculptures by Chihuly, at the Garfield Park Conservatory -- just north of Lake Street at 300 N. Central Park. The Conservatory is open 9-5 with a $2.00 admission.

The Garfield Park Fieldhouse can be recognized by its prominent golden dome. The building is located at 100 North Central Park (3600 West, 100 North, just south of Lake Street). The building has a parking lot, and a wheelchair ramp.

Public transportation: just south of the "Garfield Conservatory" El-stop on the Green Line (Lake Street line).
Driving: from I-290 (the Eisenhower expressway) use the Homan Ave exit (if westbound) or the Independence Boulevard exit (if eastbound), then go north to Lake St.

Sponsored by the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
312-939-0675 / fax 312-939-7867
1325 S. Wabash St., Suite 105,
Chicago Illinois 60605-2506



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