On November 20, 1969, a group of librarians, trustees, attorneys, and other supporters of the First Amendment filed the articles of incorporation for the Freedom to Read Foundation. 43 years later, their vision -- to ensure that libraries are able to provide access to the full range of legally available material -- is stronger than ever. Thanks to FTRF's work in the intervening decades, the case law that helps protect librarians and libraries in their educational efforts has grown significantly. And FTRF's members have made an impact at the highest legal levels, including in many cases that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
To help FTRF celebrate this day, take some time to peruse FTRF's history. Read some of the citations of the Roll of Honor Award recipients. And learn more about some of the developing issues the Freedom to Read Foundation Board has identified that may inform our upcoming litigation and education efforts.
A hearty THANK YOU to all of FTRF's thousands of members throughout the years, including several who have been members since 1969! Libraries, library goers, and the First Amendment are stronger because of you.