For immediate release | November 10, 2020

ALA partners with Humble Bundle to support ALA and the Freedom to Read Foundation

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Humble Bundle are teaming up to offer library supporters and advocates an opportunity to fund ALA initiatives supporting social justice and intellectual freedom, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The campaign will also support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF).

From Nov. 10 through Feb. 8, Humble Bundle, in partnership with ALA, is offering a one-of-a-kind collection called “Be the Change.” With nearly 50 books with a retail value of more than $800, “Be the Change” spotlights diverse ebooks and audiobooks that feature authors, creators, and characters of color, including “The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America,” by Tamara Winfrey Harris, “Falling in Love With Hominids,” by Nalo Hopkinson, “Neveryona, by Samuel R. Delany, “This Book Is Anti-Racist,” by Tiffany Jewell and illustrated by Aurelia Durand, “The Black Mage,” by Rachel E. Carter, “Your Black Friend,” by Ben Passmore, and many more.

Proceeds from the bundle will go to ALA general fund initiatives supporting its social justice and intellectual freedom mission, including the Spectrum Scholarship Program. A portion of the proceeds will also go to FTRF's litigation and education initiatives supporting free expression and the right to read.

Since the company's launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has contributed more than $186,000,000 to charity through its pay-what-you-want promotions, which allows customers to choose how much of their purchase goes to the content creators, Humble Bundle, and the charity.

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About ALA

American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.

Through the Spectrum Scholarship Program, ALA affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.For more information, visit

About Freedom to Read Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Freedom to Read Foundation is a nonprofit legal and educational organization that promotes and protects the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press and safeguards the public’s access to information and materials stored in our nation’s libraries. The foundation also supplies libraries and librarians with legal counsel in their defense of First Amendment rights.

In addition to its litigation and legal advocacy in defense of First Amendment freedoms, the foundation supports projects and programs to educate librarians and the public about the importance of defending the right to read and speak freely by providing grants to libraries, schools, and community institutions across the country. FTRF also supports and funds initiatives and scholarship programs to improve intellectual freedom education for LIS professionals and students.

About Humble Bundle

Since 2010, Humble Bundle has forged a path for indie developers to have a platform for their projects and voices. It has been and always will be a priority for Humble to build bridges between indie video games and consumers, all while pursuing the universal desire to be a force for good. The combined efforts of Humble with their supportive developers and enthusiastic community has amounted to over $186 million raised for charity to date. This is the DNA of Humble and has influenced every decision since its inception.



Yumeka Brown

Program Officer

American Library Association

Freedom to Read Foundation

(312) 280-4223