Introduction to Intellectual Freedom

When: Wed. Oct 4 6-8 p.m.
Where: Abbot Public Library at Eveleth School, 3 Brook Road Marblehead and on Zoom
Co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and League of Women Voters of Marblehead
Formal program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Informal reception in memory of League member Joan Ehrich 6- 6:30 p.m.
Attend via Zoom, or register to attend in person on library website.
The featured speakers include Jennifer Billings and Susan Caulfield. Billings has been teaching in Marblehead for twenty years, starting at Village and Veterans Middle School before spending the last ten years at Marblehead High School. Most recently, she created an elective class called “Reading & Lit” where students read books of their choosing every day. Caulfield is co-chair of the Massachusetts Library Association Intellectual Freedom/Social Responsibility Committee and has served on the Committee since 2017. She has been a Reference Librarian at the Newton Free Library since 2001. The program will be moderated by Abbot Public Library staff and board members.
The program honors the memory of former Marblehead school librarian and League of Women Voters member, Joan Ehrich. A graduate of Smith College, Ehrich received her master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University plus a graduate degree from Boston University as a media specialist. In Marblehead, she established the library at Temple Emanu-El. She then became a Marblehead school librarian, first at several elementary schools, and later at the middle school. Ehrich loved to find books to inspire her students, and she introduced many to the joys of reading. A gathering in memory of Joan Ehrich will be held preceding the program, at 6 p.m.