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Carolyn Caywood
Last updated: 3/28/2016
Carolyn Caywood
Roll of Honor
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  Carolyn received the 2006 Roll of Honor Award for her decades of commitment to FTRF and intellectual freedom.

Carolyn is a past FTRF trustee and longtime Intellectual Freedom Round Table Executive Committee member. She also has served as chair the Virginia Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee. A strong advocate for youth, Caywood wrote a column for School Library Journal from 1990 through 1998; she also testified before the U.S. Congress, supporting the rights of young people in regard to the Child Online Protection Act and the Children's Internet Protection Act. A librarian since 1972, Caywood worked in the Virginia Beach Public Library system from 1979 through 2010. In 2004, she was named one of 27 New York Times Librarians of the Year.

Carolyn currently is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation and a fellow at Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement.
  THANK YOU, Carolyn Caywood, for your years of exemplary service to the Freedom to Read Foundation—as a Trustee, as a generous donor, as a two decade member, and as a vigorous promoter of the Foundation to your friends, colleagues, and speaking audiences.

Thank you, Carolyn, for your leadership on intellectual freedom issues in
Virginia and nationally. From chairing the Intellectual Freedom
Committee of the Virginia Library Association and the Intellectual
Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association; to testifying
before the U.S. Congress regarding the Child Online Protection Act and
Children’s Internet Protection Act; to co-founding Virginians Against
Censorship; you have been a stalwart advocate for the principles on which
the Freedom to Read Foundation is based.

Thank you for your dedication to libraries, librarians, and library users.
You understand the profound interconnection between access to
information and freedom, and in your writing, speaking, and
policymaking, you unfailingly promote librarianship as the bastion of our

Thank you, Carolyn, for your work with young people, for understanding
that it is vital to give young people the tools to become active learners, and
that censorship serves to disempower them. You put your beliefs into
action by creating the Bayside Youth Commission, the first teen advisory
group in the Virginia Beach Public Library system.

Thank you, Carolyn Caywood, for benefiting all librarians by contributing
your intelligence, your passion, your experience, and your humor to the
defense of the First Amendment for us all.

John W. Berry, President
Judith F. Krug, Executive Director

New Orleans, Louisiana
June 2006
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