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Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants

 Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants

Since 2010, Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund has disbursed grants to organizations to assist them stage "Read-Outs" or other events during Banned Books Week. (A Banned Books Week Read-Out is an event at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, in order to celebrate the freedom to read.)

The 2016 Banned Books Week celebration is September 25 - October 1, 2016


How to apply for a Banned Books Week event grant!

Applications for the 2016 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants are now closed!

Questions? Contact us at or (800) 545-2433 x4226


The 2016 Krug Fund grant recipients

Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, Tucson, AZ, to support events focusing on the policy and legal disputes over the dismantling of Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program. Events will include a screening of Precious Knowledge, a documentary on the MAS program and the ban, and a panel discussion on the applicable law and related law suit, Arce v. Douglas. The panel will feature Curtis Acosta, a former teacher in the program and current activist instituting the curriculum in other states, and law professors. The events will culminate in a Diversity Town Hall to provide students with a forum to address issues facing their community.

Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, Conway, SC, for a variety of events including a virtual read-out, a Twitter- out, a Jail and Bail Fundraiser, as well as a “Roast Marshmallows, Not Books” event.

Springfield Local High School, New Middletown, OH to support a week of events aimed at sparking interest in reading, exploring and discussing banned books for student and community members. The week kicks off with a mock arrest of teachers, and students reading them out of jail. Students will attend a coffee house event celebrating banned poetry books and reading black-out poems they create in their classes. Guest speakers from the local university and library will speak on intellectual freedom and choice reading. The week will culminate with students taking photos for “wanted posters” to add to school displays.

Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul, MN to help the library connect and inspire people with the world of ideas. The Banned Authors Book Signing event will gather  Minnesota authors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who have had their books banned or challenged within the last 25 years. At the Banned Authors Book Signing, the community will be invited to talk with the authors, learn how the authors express their ideas in a sometimes hostile environment, and have their books signed.  Other events include "Storytime with a Public Official," and "Banned Books Night at the Movies" where films based on banned books will be shown in the Metropolitan State University auditorium.

Troy University Libraries, Troy, AL for assistance hosting events at the three Troy University Libraries and the Rosa Parks Museum. Events include: Read Outs (including "Read with Rosa" and "Read with T-Roy"), Banned Book Mystery Quizzes, Matching Games, Banned Books art exhibits, movie night, Banned Books Week displays, a photo booth, celebrity photos, and a lecture on intellectual freedom and censorship.

The Water Buffalo Club, Los Angeles, CA to support the event  “Busted! Banned Books” (BBB) in partnership with the Topanga Community Police Station, educating young people about the history of banned books and censorship. BBB will start with a summer reading challenge; youth will be invited to selected a book(s) from the banned book reading list. They will be invited to read excerpts at a community “BBB Pancake Brunch” that will be held at the Station. Throughout Banned Books week, youth will be invited to the station to have their “Mug Shots” with their Banned Book, taken. Graffiti art will be added to create a mural celebrating reading.


Past Krug Fund grant recipients

BBW Week 2015

Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC.
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, IN.
Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative in Neptune Beach, FL.
SA Youth, an organization that works with at-risk youth in San Antonio, TX.
Virginia Beach Public Library, VA.

Read more in our press release.

Banned Books Week 2014

Seven organizations were recipients of 2014 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants!

Read more about their grants in our press release



Banned Books Week 2013

Seven organizations were recipients of 2013 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants! 

Read more about their grants in our press release



Banned Books Week 2012 

In 2012, FTRF provided eight $1,000 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants. For photos, check out FTRF's Facebook album.

   Lawrence Public Library Talkeetna Judith's Reading Room ACLU of Pennsylvania St. Catharine College 

Two of the 2012 Krug Fund recipients subsequently received $10,000 John Cotton Dana awards for excellence in promotion of library services.  Congratulations to Cal Poly's Kennedy Library and Lawrence Public Library!


Banned Books Week 2011

Six grants were awarded in 2011: Bay County Public Library and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression each were awarded $2,500 grants; Springfield-Greene County Library District, North Dakota Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, Thomas F. Holgate Library at Bennett College, and Skokie Public Library all received $1,000 grants.

Banned Books Week 2010

Seven organizations were awarded Banned Books Week inaugural Krug Fund event grants in 2010. They were: Iowa City Public Library, Takoma Park Maryland Library, Canisius College, Santa Monica Public Library, St. Catharine College, Dayton Metro Library - East Branch, and ACLU of Pennsylvania.

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