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Nominations open for 2014 trustee elections

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nominations for the 2014 FTRF Board of Trustees election are now open.  To suggest someone for the election ballot (including yourself), email or mail the FTRF office; the Nominating Committee will make the final determination of the candidate slate.  

Nominees must be 2014 members of the Freedom to Read Foundation and be able to attend two in-person meetings each year.  For more information, check out our official announcement.

Tags:  Board of Trustees  election  membership 

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Get excited - It's time to renew your FTRF membership!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.”

 Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye

It's an exciting time at Freedom to Read Foundation headquarters - time for members to renew their membership for 2014!  Please take a moment now to renew so you can continue your support of this one-of-a-kind organization.

To renew your membership, please log in in the top right corner (if you forgot your username or password, click here to have it emailed to you). Alternatively, just give us a call at (312) 280-4226 and we'll take your membership dues over the phone.

You can read more about the levels and benefits of membership here, and check out some of our recent accomplishments here.

A big thank-you to those who have already renewed their membership! And thanks in advance to those who will be doing so ... right ... about ... NOW! 

Tags:  2014  membership  renewal 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Lockport Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Saturday, September 28, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 7 features Lockport Public Library, a branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library System in Louisiana. 

The final organization to be profiled in our spotlight series for Banned Books Week, the Lockport Public Library is one of two Louisiana institutions to receive Krug Fund grants this year (Livingston Parish Library was the other).

Lockport's events in clude "pirate radio" broadcasts once a week in September; several art workshops where patrons created paintings, sculptures, posters, and other mixed media art to express their views on censorship and their favorite banned books; a mock trial on Thursday with caged books waiting to be defended or prosecuted; and a freedom to read book walk on Wednesday which featured people with paper chains walking for banned books.  There were also various banned book movie adaptation showings.

Check out the Lafourche Library System's Banned Books Club blog for details of their 2013 events and learn about their monthly discussion group at the system's Thibodaux branch.  This month's selection was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.

You can follow the Lafourche Library on Twitter (@LafourcheLib) and Facebook.

And here's the library's Most Interesting (Banned Books Week) Fan in the World:

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Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  LaFourche Parish Public Library  pirate radio 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: South Atlanta High School

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, September 27, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 6 features South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice in Georgia.

The School of Law and Social Justice is one of four small schools in the South Atlanta High School complex in Atlanta, Ga.  Their grant went to support "Danger! Black Men Reading," a series of events highlighting banned and challenged books by African American male authors, including Ralph Ellison (of Invisible Man fame), Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Their events included a Banned Books Week/Library Card Sign-Up Month combined event, an essay contest, Banned Books Week awards luncheon, and a virtual Read-Out.

South Atlanta has posted a number of photos on their Facebook page and created this preview video to kick the week off!

 

 

Tags:  African American literature  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  social justice  South Atlanta High School 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Livingston Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 5 features Livingston Parish Library in Louisiana.

A Southern Style Cafe.  Banned picture shows.  Southern Literature lecture.  Skits and trivia.  There's a plethora of events with a singular focus on the South taking place this week at Livingston Parish Library just east of Baton Rouge, La.

The Southern Style Cafe was Monday and is being repeated this evening.  Residents are encouraged to come read from their favorite Southern banned/challenged books and listen to country music.

Tuesday and Saturday are the dates of the Banned Picture Show, featuring films based on banned and challenged books.

Sunday, Sept. 29, there will be a Southern Literature Lecture with professors from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Mornings throughout September saw Free to Read programming with a goal of explaining Banned Books Week to kids, highlighting books such as A Light in the Attic and Where the Wild Things Are.

Finally, next Monday (Sept. 30), there will be a Banned Books Skit & Trivia event involving the Young Writers Circle.

Read the Library Director's report on Livingston's Banned Books Week celebration.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Ju  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Livingston Parish  Southern literature 

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