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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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Authors Levithan, Mackler & Smith highlight FTRF45 event in NYC

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, May 14, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jeff SmithFTRF is excited to announce that authors David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy, Another Day), Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things) and Jeff Smith (Bone) be appearing at the FTRF45 New York City event on Friday, May 29, in conjunction with BookExpo America. All three have had books subject to significant censorship challenges, and all three are passionate advocates for the freedom to read.

The authors will be signing copies of their books, which will be available on site.

Carolyn MacklerThe event will be held from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the headquarters of Scholastic, 557 Broadway in Manhattan, in their beautiful Greenhouse. Our thanks to Scholastic, as well as co-sponsors New York Public Library and Elsevier, for their support of this event. David Levithan

Tickets for this event are $25 and are on sale now at We hope to see you there! 

Tags:  Carolyn Mackler  David Levithan  FTRF45  Jeff Smith  New York  Scholastic  special events 

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Wednesday in Austin: FTRF45 Reception featuring David Levithan!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, April 10, 2015

For those attending TXLA next week – or anyone in the Austin area!

FTRF45/Austin Reception
Wednesday, April 15  - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Uncle Julio’s, 301 Brazos St.


Will you be in or around the Austin, Texas area on Wednesday, April 15? If so, please consider joining the Freedom to Read Foundation as we gather at Uncle Julio's as part of our continued celebration of FTRF45!  Visit for tickets and additional details.

This event will feature award-winning Young Adult author David Levithan. David will be discussing his experiences with censorship and signing copies of Every Day and his forthcoming book, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, which will be available to attendees for an additional donation.

For attendees of the Texas Library Association conference: Uncle Julio's is located a block away from the Austin Convention Center

Advance tickets: $40.00 FTRF members • $45.00 non-members • $25.00 students

Tickets at the door: $50.00

If you would prefer to get tickets by phone, or have any questions, please call (312) 280-4226.

Note: Texas Library Association Annual Conference attendees can add this ticket to their TLA event registration. 

Cosponsored by Texas Women's University School of Library and Information Studies. 

Special thanks to Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children's Books for their support of this event!

Tags:  Austin  David Levithan  FTRF45  Texas Library Association 

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FTRF at ALA Midwinter 2015 - good times, great work

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Monday, February 2, 2015

The blizzard that struck Chicago this weekend did not chill the spirits of FTRF members, trustees, and new friends at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting. 

This morning, FTRF president Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. presented the Foundation's biannual Report to ALA Council and gave an overview of the litigation, education, and organization building efforts of the Foundation.  The written report is available here.

On Saturday, legendary comic creator Jeff Smith gave a humorous, impassioned talk about his artistic journey and the experience of having BONE challenged in schools and libraries. It was at once FTRF's 9th annual Midwinter author event, and the second successful reception connected to FTRF45.  We have some photos of the event on our Facebook page.

On Thursday, prior to the Board Meeting, the trustees and liaisons sat down to look at the progress of FTRF's current Strategic Plan and make suggestions about how to continue its implementation in the five areas of awareness, litigation, education, engagement, and capacity building. The ideas generated will be compiled and posted to our website in the coming weeks. 

Thanks to everyone who connected with us over the past days - and we look forward to seeing many more of you at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco!

Tags:  ALA Midwinter Meeting  FTRF45  Jeff Smith  Julius Jefferson  strategic plan 

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8 things to know about tonight's Jeff Smith event in Chicago

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tonight's FTRF author event in Chicago, featuring Jeff Smith of BONE fame, promises to be terrific. Here are 8 things you absolutely need to know:

  1. Tickets are still available. Get yours here. While there's no physical ticket, your name will be on the list at the door.
  2. If you don't get your ticket in advance, you should still be able to pay at the door. However, there's no guarantee - so better to be safe than sorry!
  3. How to get there: 
  4. Refreshments, including wine and beer, are included in the ticket price
  5. Sequence of events:
    • 7:00 p.m. - doors open, reception begins
    • 7:45 p.m. - program featuring Jeff Smith
    • 8:30 p.m. - book signing and more reception
    • 9:00 p.m. - doors close
  6. Books: Complimentary galleys of the upcoming BONE: Out of Boneville, Tribute Edition will be available for all attendees. Additionally, a limited number of the original BONE: Out of Boneville hardcover copy will be available onsite, with an optional donation fee requested. Attendees are welcome to bring their own copies of Jeff's books to be signed.  Our thanks to Scholastic for their support of this event!
  7. Our program will take place immediately after the University of Illinois' Downs Award reception at the Hilton. Again, Roosevelt is a short two-block walk from the Hilton.
  8. It looks like there may be some snow tonight, so plan accordingly!

Tags:  ALA Midwinter Meeting  Bone  FTRF45  Jeff Smith  Roosevelt University 

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