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Lucille C. Thomas2007 recipient - Past President, Brooklyn Public Library
Judith F. Krug1995 recipient (deceased) - FTRF Executive Director from 1969 founding to 2009

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Benefits of Freedom to Read Foundation membership

Why be a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation?

Freedom to Read Foundation members:

  • Help defend the First Amendment in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court;
  • Support librarians and teachers around the country besieged by attempts to restrict library materials and services;
  • Qualify for discounts for upcoming events;
  • Have access to member-only content on this site; and
  • Vote for and be eligible to run for trustee in the annual board elections.
Your membership in FTRF helps us accomplish these objectives: 

  • Have a stronger voice in the courts, within the library community, and in the public arena - more members and more resources mean greater visibility for the freedom to read; 
  • Implement our strategic plan that includes this new, interactive web site; more educational and legal initiatives; and better communication with our members; and
  • Increase our organizational capacity to ensure the continued vitality of the Freedom to Read Foundation for many years to come.

Most importantly, as we continue to monitor and actively participate in court cases at the state and federal levels, your membership helps ensure our ability to defend free speech. We are particularly concerned about continued threats to our privacy, and of overzealous internet filters in libraries, which are too often used to create barriers to access constitutionally protected information. In a free country, access to such information should not be constrained.

As a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation you do make a difference when the freedoms of access and expression are at risk.

How to join or renew your membership 

Online: Join here. -- Renew here.

By phone: (312) 280-4226 / Toll-free: (800) 545-2433 x4226

By mail: Please send a check payable to Freedom to Read Foundation to:

Freedom to Read Foundation
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Membership levels

Personal membership levels

$10 Student | $35 Regular | $50 Contributing | $100 Sponsor | $500 Patron | $1,000 Benefactor

Organizational membership levels

$100 Organizational Member | $250 Organizational Sponsor | $500 Organizational Patron | $1,000 Organizational Benefactor

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