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FTRF announces five Banned Books Week grants for 2015 via Judith Krug Fund

Thursday, June 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jonathan Kelley
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The Freedom to Read Foundation has awarded five grants to organizations in support of 2015 Banned Books Week events. The grants, a project of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, will go to support a wide range of read-outs, displays, discussions, performances, and other educational initiatives that will engage communities in dialogues around issues of censorship and the freedom to read.

The five grantees for 2015 are:

Chapel Hill Public Library, N.C., to support a continuation of their Banned Books Trading Cards campaign, and the development of a curriculum for teachers to discuss banned books in schools. This is the first Krug Fund grant for the Chapel Hill Public Library, although in 2012, FTRF gave a grant to the Lawrence Public Library to develop the pilot trading card project, which went on to be a huge success.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Ind., for a variety of events including "Locked Up With Vonnegut" - DePauw University's Dean of Libraries will live for a week in the Vonnegut Library behind a wall of banned books. In addition, a visual artist will speak about censorship of art, Kurt's daughter Nanny Vonnegut will give a talk, and performance artist will present a a one-man show about censorship over the years.

Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative in Neptune Beach, Fla will collaborate with a number of organizations in the Jacksonville area to present BANNED, a series of programs discussing the loss of intellectual freedom and expression, book burnings and bannings during the Nazi regime; as well as contemporary censorship efforts.

SA Youth, an organization that works with at-risk youth in San Antonio, is planning a Virtual Read-Out, skits based on scenes from banned books, and a "Blind Date with a Book" in which youth will choose a book to read based on descriptions alone.

Virginia Beach Public Library will have interactive displays in all ten libraries in the system featuring a "Selfie-Spot" where patrons will capture themselves with the one book they would not want to live without (inspired by Fahrenheit 451). Additionally, they will be implementing a "Banned Books for the Margin Project" in which patrons are encouraged to write and draw their thoughts and reactions inside the books they check out.

The Chapel Hill Public Library grant is for $1,500 while the others are for $1,000.

2015 is the seventh year of Krug Fund grants. Photos, videos, and reports from past recipients are available at