From Our Editors
When a Missouri high school banned Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library channeled the spirit of the rabblerousing author in protest. Since the school locked away copies of the book, the library was inspired to create "Locked Up With Vonnegut," as part of its annual Banned Books Week programming. The library even sent free copies to any student from the high school that asked for one.
Championing free speech is an indispensable goal for the library. It strives to engage visitors with the written and visual arts through its museum, art gallery, and reading room. The same aim fuels the nonprofit's events, which include Night of Vonnegut, VonnegutFest, and programs for veterans and teachers. The Vonnegut Library is a proud member of the "Open for Service" community, and welcomes all who want to learn about and celebrate this Hoosier legend.