Freedom to Read Foundation
Free People Read Freely ®
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to express their ideas without governmental interference, and to read and listen to the ideas of others. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established to promote and defend this right; to foster libraries and institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work which they may legally acquire.
Audio of FTRF program with Anthony Lewis at 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA at the National Constitution Center. Moderated by FTRF Trustee Chris Finan, Lewis discusses his career as a journalist covering free speech issues and talks about his book, Freedom for the Thought We Hate: A Biography of the First Amedment.
See Theresa Chmara video on FTRF cases from 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The program is entitled "Status of Recent Litigation Affecting Libraries."
FTRF Announces Nominating Committee for 2008 Election
Lucille C. Thomas named 2007 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award recipient
FTRF Trustee 2007 Election Results Announced
Enjoy the podcast from an evening with teacher, family therapist, and award-winning author Chris Crutcher at the 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Sunday, January 21. Experience Crutcher at his very best as he recounts stories related to his popular novels! (See Chris Crutcher for FTRF.)
Gordon M. Conable Memorial Fund
The Foundation has established a fund in Gordon's name, which will be used to advance the causes to which Gordon was most devoted and for which he worked most passionately. His wife, Irene, has asked that any gifts in Gordon's name be directed to this fund.
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Lawyers for Libraries is an ongoing project of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, designed to create a network of attorneys around the country involved in, or committed to becoming involved in, the defense of the First Amendment freedom to read and the application of constitutional law to library policies, principles, and problems.
FTRF Staff Liaisons to the Freedom to Read Foundation
Freedom to Read Foundation
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4226
Judith F. Krug
Secretary and Executive Director
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4222
Deputy Executive Director
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4224
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 4221
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