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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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Kick off #FTRF45 with us this Thursday!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Monday, November 17, 2014

November 20, 1969: The Freedom to Read Foundation articles of incorporation filed with the State of Illinois.

November 20, 2014: FTRF members kick off a year-long celebration of our 45th anniversary with a special Google Hangout

Please join YA author Chris Crutcher, along with FTRF trustees, staff, and members as we hold the first in a series of events celebrating 45 years of defending libraries, library users, and the First Amendment to the Constitution. This event is free and open to all. 

For those unable to attend live, the Hangout will be recorded and posted to FTRF's YouTube channel.

Starting in January, FTRF will hold a number of fundraising and awareness-raising events across the country. We'll let you know about events in your area, and other ways you can help support FTRF's litigation and educational efforts. The festivities will culminate in a very special online event next fall.

Make sure to use #FTRF45 for any Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social media post referencing these events over the coming 12 months.  We look forward to a great turnout!

Tags:  Barbara Jones  Chris Crutcher  Emily Knox  FTRF45  Julius Jefferson  special events  Theresa Chmara 

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Read conference reports from Conable Scholar Mack Freeman & President Julius Jefferson

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Monday, July 21, 2014
The 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas was successful by nearly all measures (although we can't say for sure whether that extended to the tables). We're pleased to share with you two reports connected with the Freedom to Read Foundation:

Click here to read FTRF President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.'s report to the ALA Council. Included is information about our litigation efforts, developing issues that could turn into future litigation, and the status of FTRF's various programs.

Click here to read John "Mack" Freeman's report as recipient of the Conable Conference Scholarship.

From a staff perspective, it was a real pleasure meeting and getting to know Mack. It was great to be able to introduce him to past Conable Scholars as well! Please let any new librarians or library school students know about this opportunity when it presents itself again early next year. We've got a great group going!

Tags:  ALA  Annual Conference  John Mack Freeman  Julius Jefferson 

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