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Westport Library To Host Talk On 'Free To Be, You And Me'

A discussion Sunday at the Westport Public Library will focus on the impact of "Free To Be, You and Me," by Marlo Thomas.
A discussion Sunday at the Westport Public Library will focus on the impact of "Free To Be, You and Me," by Marlo Thomas. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The impact of actress Marlo Thomas's groundbreaking book and television special from 1972, "Free To Be, You and Me," will be the topic of a special discussion Sunday at the Westport Public Library.

Editor, writer and teacher Lori Rotskoff and contributor and educator Barbara Sprung will discuss their book "When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made."

Rotskoff is the editor, and Sprung is a contributor. It gives an insiders' view by the creators, accounts by activists and educators who changed the landscape of childhood and explores how "Free to Be" still speaks to families today.

"Free to Be, You and Me" captured the spirit of the growing women's movement and inspired girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation and respect diversity, the library says on it website. The discussion will center on the creation and legacy of this popular children's classic.

"How wonderful it is to see the paths taken by the younger contributors to this book—the ones who were children when 'Free to Be' was first released. Reading about their journeys delighted and inspired me," Thomas writes in the prologue. She and her husband, talk show host Phil Donahue, are longtime Westport residents.

The event will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road. Call 203-291-4800 for more information.

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