Freedom to Read Foundation

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Recipients of Fall 2020 Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarships

Amanda Barnhart, chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Education Committee, announced four scholarship recipients who will receive funding toward an intellectual freedom course at FTRF partner institution San Jose State University (SJSU) this Fall.

The Fall 2020 Judith F. Krug Education Fund scholarship recipients are:

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past May. Current FTRF Vice President Barbara Stripling and former ALA President and FTRF Treasurer Jim Neal were both re-elected to the board.

Freedom to Read Foundation Launches Webinar Series

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be conducting a webinar series over the next few months to provide online education focused on intellectual freedom for library professionals. These webinars will be geared towards librarians, library students, educators, individuals involved in media, publishing, and social media, and individuals interested in the First Amendment, censorship, and copyright.The webinars are complementary to foundation members ($25 non-members) and will be conducted via Zoom.  

[Call for Nominations] 2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

CHICAGO — Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2020 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF. The Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the ALA’s annual conference June 25-30, 2020 in Chicago, IL.  

OIF responds to Missouri legislation that proposes policies and procedures that threaten access to information

CHICAGO – Missouri House Bill 2044, introduced on January 8, 2020, proposes the creation of five-member “parental library review boards” to identify “age-inappropriate” public library materials and restrict access to those materials. The bill proposes criminal prosecution for librarians who make those materials available to minors and would deny funding to libraries that do not employ parental library review boards to restrict access to their materials.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces Fall 2019 Course Scholarship Recipients

Monica Cammack and Joann Elmiger are the recipients of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Intellectual Freedom Course Scholarship. The recipients will receive funding toward intellectual freedom courses at San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana Champaign. 

Freedom to Read Foundation announces five recipients of 2019 Banned Books Week event grants

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) awarded five $1000 grants to nonprofit institutions in support of 2019 Banned Books Week events (September 22-28, 2019) an annual event celebrating the Freedom to Read. The grants, a project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, support a wide range of read-outs, displays, discussions, performances, and other educational initiatives that will engage communities in dialogues about censorship and the freedom to read.

Six trustees elected to the Freedom to Read Foundation Board

CHICAGO — Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates:

Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Support the Book “Reading Dangerously” a Commemoration in Honor of the Freedom to Read Foundations 50th Anniversary

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is producing a commemorative book “Reading Dangerously” to celebrate its anniversary and highlight 50 years of advocacy, education, and litigation through essays, oral histories, images, and book excerpts. The book will feature a forward by author Neil Gaiman and an essay by former FTRF director James LaRue that looks forward to the foundation’s next 50 years.