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It's our birthday! Help us celebrate by joining or renewing your membership

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, November 21, 2013

Actually, we missed it by a day! The Freedom to Read Foundation turned 44 on Wednesday, November 20. Over the years, thousand of librarians, attorneys, free speech activists, library trustees, authors, libraries, colleges, publishers, and other individuals and organizations have helped support our unique and powerful work of defending YOUR right to access information in libraries and beyond.

We have defended librarians facing challenges—some that were career-threatening, helped established important legal precedent, and educated untold numbers about the importance of libraries and access to information to our system of self-governance.

Today, we are a thriving organization with a multitude of cases, programs, and initiatives to continue the visionary work started four and a half decades ago.  

Please help us continue this work by:

 Our thanks for your continued support!

Tags:  birthday  Freedom to Read Foundation  membership 

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October FTRF News online

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The most recent issue of the Freedom to Read Foundation News is now available online for current members & newsletter subscribers.  The current issue of our quarterly publication is available free for 2013 members and those who have joined or renewed for 2014. To access the current issue, you must be logged in to your member profile using your username or the email address associated with your account.

(Back issues, from 1991 to June 2013, are available to members and non-members.)

Our fall issue has articles on FTRF's work on high-profile issues of privacy and surveillance, a report from this past summer's "CIPA: Ten Years Later" conference, and a retrospective of FTRF's history with Kurt Vonnegut and the many challenges to Slaughterhouse-Five.

If you're not a current member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, or would like to renew your membership, now is the perfect time!  Visit our membership page for more.

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Nominations open for 2014 trustee elections

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nominations for the 2014 FTRF Board of Trustees election are now open.  To suggest someone for the election ballot (including yourself), email or mail the FTRF office; the Nominating Committee will make the final determination of the candidate slate.  

Nominees must be 2014 members of the Freedom to Read Foundation and be able to attend two in-person meetings each year.  For more information, check out our official announcement.

Tags:  Board of Trustees  election  membership 

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Get excited - It's time to renew your FTRF membership!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.”

 Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye

It's an exciting time at Freedom to Read Foundation headquarters - time for members to renew their membership for 2014!  Please take a moment now to renew so you can continue your support of this one-of-a-kind organization.

To renew your membership, please log in in the top right corner (if you forgot your username or password, click here to have it emailed to you). Alternatively, just give us a call at (312) 280-4226 and we'll take your membership dues over the phone.

You can read more about the levels and benefits of membership here, and check out some of our recent accomplishments here.

A big thank-you to those who have already renewed their membership! And thanks in advance to those who will be doing so ... right ... about ... NOW! 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Lockport Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Saturday, September 28, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 7 features Lockport Public Library, a branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library System in Louisiana. 

The final organization to be profiled in our spotlight series for Banned Books Week, the Lockport Public Library is one of two Louisiana institutions to receive Krug Fund grants this year (Livingston Parish Library was the other).

Lockport's events in clude "pirate radio" broadcasts once a week in September; several art workshops where patrons created paintings, sculptures, posters, and other mixed media art to express their views on censorship and their favorite banned books; a mock trial on Thursday with caged books waiting to be defended or prosecuted; and a freedom to read book walk on Wednesday which featured people with paper chains walking for banned books.  There were also various banned book movie adaptation showings.

Check out the Lafourche Library System's Banned Books Club blog for details of their 2013 events and learn about their monthly discussion group at the system's Thibodaux branch.  This month's selection was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.

You can follow the Lafourche Library on Twitter (@LafourcheLib) and Facebook.

And here's the library's Most Interesting (Banned Books Week) Fan in the World:

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Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  LaFourche Parish Public Library  pirate radio 

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