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Celebrate the Freedom to Read with a Grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation

Monday, April 24, 2017  
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Free people read freely! Would you like to create an exciting program, host a community conversation, or create an exciting display celebrating the freedom to read? Applications are open for libraries and organizations to receive a grant from FTRF to host a program during Banned Books Weeks, Sept. 24-30, 2017. Grants of $1,000 or $2,500 are offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

To see examples of the organizations and projects that past recipients have created, and to apply, please visit the grants page of the FTRF website. The application deadline is May 12, 2017.

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (Sept. 24 - 30, 2017). Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. Grantees also receive an ALA 2017 Banned Books Week Promo-Kit, as well as wide promotion and recognition through FTRF.

FTRF Founder Judith F. Krug was a fierce proponent of education and intellectual freedom. During Krug’s lengthy career she worked non-stop to prevent censorship and protect First Amendment rights. Librarians and intellectual freedom advocates have an opportunity to continue this work and stand up for the First Amendment by providing innovative and educational programming to highlight the freedom to read.

Visit the Freedom to Read Foundation online to learn more about past recipients and their projects or to apply. Contact FTRF staff at or 312-280-4226 with questions.