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Support FTRF on #GivingTuesday

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For 45 years, the Freedom to Read Foundation has dedicated itself to protecting the right of libraries to provide access to the world of knowledge and ideas. This #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to the Freedom to Read Foundation, and help us keep censorship efforts at bay.

There are plenty of reasons to give: 

Your gift of $250, $100, $50, $25 – any amount – is tax-deductible.

Thanks to everyone who has made this such a successful 2014. FTRF has done good and important work in the courts, in libraries, in the classroom, and in the virtual world.  Help us continue that work in 2015!

Tags:  Conable Fund  Fat Angie  gifts  GivingTuesday  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  membership 

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Video from 10/22 Banned Books Week Google Hangout available

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, October 30, 2014

Past recipients of grants from FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund gathered last week on a Google Hangout to discuss their successful Banned Books Week projects. It was a great opportunity to learn about what worked in various communities, and hopefully will inspire people in communities all over the country - and world - to come up with their own unique, engaging, and provocative events.

Check out the video below and on  YouTube

 

Thanks to Susan, Catherine, Dana, Julie, and Nanette for their participation!

Tags:  Banned Books Week  Judith Krug Memorial Fund 

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Banned Books Week in review: a Google Hangout - 10/22

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, October 17, 2014
Updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

On Wednesday, October 22, please join the Freedom to Read Foundation and other sponsors of Banned Books Week for a look back at some of the fun, provocative, and engaging events that celebrated our freedom to read.

The "hangout," an online event, will be at noon Eastern time and can be accessed on the Banned Books Week YouTube page. No registration is necessary, but you can RSVP on Google+ and Facebook.

Speakers include:

  • Susan Brown, Director, Chapel Hill Public Library & creator of "Banned Books Trading Card" project
  • Catherine Aselford, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association & coordinator of "Banned Books Week Survivor"
  • Julie Zaveloff, Technical Services librarian, and Dana Knott, Library Coordinator (Delaware Campus), Columbus State Community College and co-creator of "Which Banned Book Are You?" online quiz
  • Nanette Perez, Program Officer, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • Moderator: Jonathan Kelley, Program Officer, Freedom to Read Foundation

The speakers include recipients of Banned Books Week grants from FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Bring your questions and ideas for how you can make Banned Books Week 2015 a great event in your community!

The Hangout will be recorded and available on the Banned Books Week YouTube page.



Tags:  Banned Books Week  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  online learning 

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Check out these Krug Fund-sponsored Banned Books Week 2014 events!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banned Books Week starts Sunday, and FTRF members and supporters are encouraged to check out some of these events from the 2014 recipients of grants from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  Follow the links for many more great events from these sponsors!  All events are free and open to the public.

To learn about other events in your area, and to tell people about your own events, visit the Banned Books Week calendar.

Alexandria, VA: Library Survivor interactive game. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:00 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

Library Survivor is a game where we pretend that the library is on fire and the trucks are loaded with books! Five books remain but there is only room on the truck for one more book. What book will we choose to save? Five banned books (played by five actors) will defend their importance to you, the audience, who will decide their fate!

Chicago, IL: Banned Chicago! Panel Discussion. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m., John T. Richardson Library 1st floor Learning Commons. Sponsored by the DePaul University Library and the University Center for Writing-based Learning.

This year, Banned Books Week celebrates graphic novels and comics, frequent targets of censorship due to their visual nature. Hear from authors, artists, readers, librarians and activists at our panel discussion. Featuring:

  • Student members of 451 Degrees, Lane Tech College Prep High Schools banned book club and Chicago Public Schools recent challenges to Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • James Klise, librarian & author of Love Drugged and The Art of Secrets
  • Aaron Renier, comic artist and lecturer in DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media

(Reception to follow event in JTR 115)

Raleigh-Durham, NC: 30th Annual North Carolina Pride Festival. Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Duke University East Campus, Durham. Display sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library.

Under the Center’s tent, the Library will display banned LGBT‐themed books as a reminder of our First Amendment rights and to draw attention to the harms of censorship. An official Banned Books Week event.

Columbus, OH: Open Mic Reading. Friday, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Multimedia/TV Studio, Columbus Hall first floor. Sponsored by Columbus State Community College.

The Library will be hosting a banned books-themed reading and open mic. The reading will be emceed by Associate Professor, Ann Palazzo, in partnership with the Columbus State English Department. We would like this reading to provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to share poetry or other creative works that explore such concepts as censorship, intellectual freedom, and banned books. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Also check out their Buzzfeed listicle & Pinterest boards - one on graphic novels & comics, one on banned book-themed films!

Pittsburgh, PA: 2014 fREADom. Monday, Sept. 22, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Community Center, Robinson Building, Katz Auditorium, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. Sponsored by the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh personalities and performers will read from their favorite banned or challenged works.

Featuring:

  • Charlie Batch, former quarterback- Pittsburgh Steelers/founder- Best of the Batch Foundation
  • Paul Guggenheimer, host, WESA’s “Essential Pittsburgh”
  • Dan Kamin, world-renowned mime
  • Alan Olifson, comedian, host of Moth StorySLAM Pittsburgh
  • Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, arts education outreach program for youth
  • Vanessa German, poet, performer, photographer, sculptor and activist

Plus - Banned Advertising! Images and clips from ads that some folks thought you shouldn’t see!

Charleston, SC: Charleston Read-Out, Monday, Sept. 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St.  Sponsored by Charleston Library Friends.

Featuring writers and artists reading from their favorite banned books. Presenters to include: Marcus Amaker, Herb Frazier, Sharon Graci, Bret Lott, Theodore Rosengarten, Joy Vandervort-Cobb, Marjory Wentworth, and Katherine Williams.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund 

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FTRF provides course scholarships to two LIS students

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, August 7, 2014
Berenice Prado MendozaThe Freedom to Read Foundation is pleased to announce the two recipients of scholarships to attend "Intellectual Freedom and Censorship," an online course offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Graduate School of Library and Information Science (Illinois GSLIS) in collaboration with the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Berenice Prado Mendoza (left) is a student at Emporia State University and Jamie D. Carlstone (below) is at Dominican University.

The scholarships are provided via FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  

Jamie D. CarlstoneAs part of its sponsorship of the course, FTRF will provide all enrolled students with a copy of the book True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries, edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. FTRF is also participating via guest lectures by staff, trustees, and volunteers and providing material from its archives of Judith Krug's lectures and interviews.  The course will be taught by Illinois GSLIS Professor Emily Knox.

The course is available to any LIS student and we are excited the course will include participants from multiple institutions. Registration in the course has been extended to Friday, August 15 for anyone interested.  For more information, visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education.

Congratulations to the two recipients, and many thanks to everyone involved in the course and scholarship process!

Tags:  Berenice Prado Mendoza  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship  Jamie D. Carlstone  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  online learning  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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