Christie Hefner discusses her love of libraries

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications,

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546

For Immediate Release

July 28, 2009

CHICAGO – In the latest in a series of library stories, Christie Hefner, the former chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, talks about her love of reading. This video interview can be seen by visiting
Visibility @ your library.

She mentions especially how her proudest possession was her library card and speaks about her admiration for the library profession.

Hefner’s appearance as the Opening General Session speaker was one of the highlights of the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

An ardent defender of First Amendment rights, Hefner created the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards in 1979 to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the vital effort to protect and enhance those rights for Americans. In 1993, the Playboy Foundation established the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival to honor those documentary films that best educate the public on issues of social concern.

The blog post also includes an AL Focus interview with Hefner, who shares her memories of the late Judith Krug, the longtime director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

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