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FTRF announces the 2016 Banned Books Week grants via Judith Krug Fund

Thursday, June 16, 2016  
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The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF)  has awarded six grants to organizations in support of 2016 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.

"I am very pleased with the 2016 BBW awardees and look forward to the impact these programs will have on illuminating our right to read," said FTRF Board President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

The six grantees for 2016 are:

Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, Tucson, AZ, to support events focusing on the policy and legal disputes over the dismantling of Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program. Events will include a screening of Precious Knowledge, a documentary on the MAS program and the ban, and a panel discussion on the applicable law and related law suit, Arce v. Douglas. The panel will feature Curtis Acosta, a former teacher in the program and current activist instituting the curriculum in other states, and law professors. The events will culminate in a Diversity Town Hall to provide students with a forum to address issues facing their community.

Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, Conway, SC, for a variety of events including a virtual read-out, a Twitter- out, a Jail and Bail Fundraiser, as well as a “Roast Marshmallows, Not Books” event.

Springfield Local High School, New Middletown, OH to support a week of events aimed at sparking interest in reading, exploring and discussing banned books for student and community members. The week kicks off with a mock arrest of teachers, and students reading them out of jail. Students will attend a coffee house event celebrating banned poetry books and reading black-out poems they create in their classes. Guest speakers from the local university and library will speak on intellectual freedom and choice reading. The week will culminate with students taking photos for “wanted posters” to add to school displays.

Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul, MN to help the library connect and inspire people with the world of ideas. The Banned Authors Book Signing event will gather  Minnesota authors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds who have had their books banned or challenged within the last 25 years. At the Banned Authors Book Signing, the community will be invited to talk with the authors, learn how the authors express their ideas in a sometimes hostile environment, and have their books signed.  Other events include "Storytime with a Public Official," and "Banned Books Night at the Movies" where films based on banned books will be shown in the Metropolitan State University auditorium.

Troy University Libraries, Troy, AL for assistance hosting events at the three Troy University Libraries and the Rosa Parks Museum. Events include: Read Outs (including "Read with Rosa" and "Read with T-Roy"), Banned Book Mystery Quizzes, Matching Games, Banned Books art exhibits, movie night, Banned Books Week displays, a photo booth, celebrity photos, and a lecture on intellectual freedom and censorship.

The Water Buffalo Club, Los Angeles, CA to support the event  “Busted! Banned Books” (BBB) in partnership with the Topanga Community Police Station, educating young people about the history of banned books and censorship. BBB will start with a summer reading challenge; youth will be invited to selected a book(s) from the banned book reading list. They will be invited to read excerpts at a community “BBB Pancake Brunch” that will be held at the Station. Throughout Banned Books week, youth will be invited to the station to have their “Mug Shots” with their Banned Book, taken. Graffiti art will be added to create a mural celebrating reading.

Each grant is for $1,000. 2016 is the eighth year of Krug Fund grants. Photos, videos, and reports from past recipients are available at