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 democracy.
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