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FTRF celebrates its 46th birthday!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 19, 2015

Birthday shout-out from Knowledge Quest, the Journal of the American Association of School Librarians.


Are you familiar with the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)? On November 20, 2015, FTRF will celebrate its 46th birthday. Although holding many of the same ideals as the American Library Association, FTRF was founded in 1969 as a discrete organization to protect the First Amendment rights of library users to read and to assist librarians whose jobs were in jeopardy because of their defense of free speech. Although legal action has been a strong tool for FTRF, in recent years, it has increased its focus on educating librarians and the public about the strong connection between the First Amendment and libraries and the need to fight censorship (FTRF Foundation Activities).

Read the full blogpost here.

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Freedom to Read has joined #GivingTuesday!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Freedom to Read Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.


Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this December 1.  Some ideas include:


  • Get your workplace and local government officials, nonprofits, and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday.  Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website (


  • Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday.  Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.


The Judith F. Krug Fund

The Gordon M. Conable


There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday.  We encourage you to join the movement and make a difference!

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FTRF sponsors Jacqueline Woodson: Brown Girl Dreaming

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir-in-verse, is a rich and poignant description of life as a black child in the 1960s. But in telling her own story so powerfully, she also has painted an indelible portrait of Jim Crow America, both in the South and the North, and resonated with readers and critics alike. The author of more than 30 books, Woodson received the National Book Award for Young People and the Newbery Honor for this latest work. She takes to the CHF stage for a conversation about her life and influences. Artist Krista Franklin will join her for a conversation.


Brown Girl Dreaming

Sunday, November 1, 2015 2-3 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Sanctuary
77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL , 60602

  • Members: Free
  • Public: Free
  • Students and Teachers: Free

Event and ticket information

Chicago Humanities Festival 2015

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The Chicago Humanities Festival starts this weekend!

Posted By Admin, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Chicago Humanitieis Festival 


For 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the curious at heart, CHF's vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world's most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural, and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we're from, and where we're going.



Dates: The 26th Chicago Humanities Festival, Citizens: October 24-November 8, 2015

Location: In and around Chicago, with full days of programming in Evanston, Hyde Park, the Loop, North Michigan Ave, UIC, and Pilsen


Ticketing: Tickets are available at or by calling the CHF Box Office at 312-494-9509 Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Follow on Twitter: @chi_humanities | #CHF2015

Visit for more information.

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Banned Books Trading Cards - A Chapel Hill tradition

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Books Trading Cards have become a Chapel Hill tradition. Collect a full set of your own by coming to the Library each day from Sunday September 27 through Saturday, October 3rd. Each day's card is also available at Flyleaf Books and six campus libraries at UNC Chapel Hill.

Here are the winners that have been revealed so far in 2015:

SUNDAY: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. Artwork by Libby Fosso

MONDAY: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. Art by Colleen Barclay

This year, more than 100 entries were submitted and the winning set features works of collage, watercolor, and pen and ink inspired by authors including John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, and William Faulkner.

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