Freedom to Read Foundation hosts memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman at Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/14/2014


Jonathan Kelley

Program Officer

Freedom to Read Foundation

Freedom to Read Foundation


CHICAGO — The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be hosting a memorial reception for Carolyn Forsman, the librarian and jeweler who passed away shortly before the 2013 Midwinter Meeting.  The reception will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in room 302 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Forsman, who was known by countless ALA Conference attendees for her wonderful jewelry (and purple hair!), exhibited nearly every year, with proceeds going to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Over the years, Carolyn raised more than $150,000 for the Foundation and received the FTRF Roll of Honor Award in 2001.

Forsman grew up in the Bronx and attended Hunter College High School and New York University. She received her MLS from the University of California Berkeley and was in the first class of doctoral students at the University of Maryland in the late 1960s. Following a career as a librarian and activist, Carolyn made the move to creating imaginative, affordable, kinetic jewelry that found its way into more than 120 museum shops around the world, including the MoMA Design Shop, the Smithsonian Institute and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The reception will take place following the close of the Exhibits Opening Reception. Family and friends of Carolyn will be invited to say a few words to remember Carolyn; light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please the memorial reception event page on Facebook or contact Jonathan Kelley at or (312) 280-4226.