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Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants

Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 27 - October 3, 2020). Libraries, schools and universities are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years.

Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and local press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage, and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration.

The 2020 Banned Books Week celebration is September 27 - October 3, 2020). Click here to apply

2019 Banned Books Week Grant Recipients

Academy of the Sacred Heart - New Orleans, Louisiana This is the Academy’s first Banned Books Week event and they will transform their library into a Book Prison.  Students, faculty, and parents will be encouraged to come into the library to have their "mugshot" taken with their favorite banned book and a "Caught Reading" sign.  Faculty members will be dressed as "cops." As part of the transformation, the library will also conduct an escape room which students will need to free the banned books.   As a culminating event, they will have a Read-out of a banned book. The entire lower school will participate in the darkened auditorium with each student holding a flashlight to “Keep the Light On”. They will hold other events throughout the week that engage students of all ages. To learn more about their activities, visit:

Belen Public Library - Belen, New Mexico The Belen Public Library is dedicating the 2019 Banned Books Week to issues surrounding Women and Censorship.  Belen, New Mexico is a town of 7,300 people with a broad diversity of perspectives. From families who arrived in Belen in the 1740s as the first Hispanic settlers of the region to families who arrived in the last few years.  The area is rich and varied in the lifestyles, spiritual traditions, and political perspectives of the residents. Women in the area range from traditional homemakers and home-educators to the world-renowned feminist artist Judy Chicago, and every nuance in between. The beauty of such a diverse community can be challenging when it comes to defending everyone’s right to intellectual freedom and freedom of expression. In partnership with other local organizations dedicated to maintaining the wide diversity of views and expressions in our community, they intend to offer a week of exhibits, performances, presentations, and community discussions exploring the experiences and perspectives of women around censorship.  Issues include women’s political expression and suffrage, banned books by women, social censorship of women, women and social media, and women’s bodies and art. To learn more, visit:

Oceanside Public Library - Oceanside, California The 2019 theme for Banned Books Week at Oceanside Public Library is “Escaping Censorship.” Staff will create an escape room, with the goal of players trying to “escape censorship”.  The Library will partner with a local nonprofit art studio, Studio ACE, to offer art programs for all ages, focusing on the theme of censorship with the artwork created in these classes as centerpieces in the Library’s Escape Room.  Participants who “escape” the banned books Escape Room, will earn a t-shirt customized for this project. The library participates in a monthly city-wide Art Walk, a popular arts and culture festival, where the banned books artwork, Escape Room materials, books, and information about censorship will be on display to foster community dialogue about the importance of the freedom to read. 

Park University Library - Parkville, Missouri The Park University Banned Books Week project will be themed "Love is Love," and will focus on banned books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters, authors, and content. As a larger library endeavor, library staff have been striving to have more inclusive collections, particularly regarding LGBTQIA+ characters and authors, since they feel the University underrepresents LGBTQIA+ students in events, programming, and inclusion efforts. The project will engage students, faculty, staff, and community members on a topic rarely discussed on campus, and it will be their first official Banned Books Week event.  Learn more at

Worcester County Public Schools - Newark, Maryland The three Worcester County Public high schools will celebrate Banned Books Week with stations set up in the library that encourage patrons to celebrate reading banned books and advocate for the freedom to read. Stations will include creating short videos reading pages from banned or challenged books, writing postcards to authors thanking them for writing books worth challenging, choosing to read banned or challenged books, and posting to social media or creating posters to encourage others to protect our freedom to read.  During the culminating event, students and community members will participate in Banned Books Week Trivia and discuss Banned Books and surrounding issues. Learn more at

2018 Banned Books Week Grant Recipients

Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA. Library staff will host an "Edible Banned Books Festival," where professional and amateur bakers create a banned book cake masterpiece. Local patrons and community partners will vote for noteworthy banned book delicacies and bid on their favorite cakes to then take home. All money raised will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of the Winchester Area.

Independence Public Library, Independence, KS. The library will promote three local events: a community-wide mural competition with a concept of the freedom to read; a debate between the local community college and high school debate teams about censorship; and “Rock the Block: I’m with the Banned,” a community-wide street celebration celebrating the freedom to read.

James F. Byrnes High School, Duncan, SC.  In their program “Some Rights Reserved: South Carolina Speaks Out,” students and staff will highlight book challenges that have occurred in South Carolina and censorship issues in STEAM.

Moreno Valley High School Book Club, Moreno Valley, CA. The highschool will plan activities such as a banned book “cartmobile,” a jailbird photo booth opp, a hands on trivia game, crafts and an informal book discussion. This will be their first Banned Book Week/Freedom to Read event.

Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, VA.Through their “Banning Books Silencing Stories: Alt Rebels” program, library staff, patrons, and community members of all ages will be given the opportunity to explore and focus on banned books as seen through the lens of an alternative universe scenario where books are banned, and ideas are dangerous.

Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. The university will highlight books that have been banned across the state of North Carolina in libraries and in prison systems. Interactive week-long activities will build off this year’s theme of “Banning Books Silences Stories.”


From the 2016 Grantees

On the evening of Friday, April 15, 2016 Banned: A community conversation about censorship and free speech (Banned) and Friends of Hemming Park co-hosted The Lorax Movie and Green Market, a family-friendly event in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Event activities tied together two important issues during the week preceding Earth Day: the need to protect trees and our environment and the freedom to read. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a favorite banned classic that highlights the environmental impact of deforestation; the Year of the Trees was the Earth Day 2016 theme.

BBW 2017 Troy University Libraries

Troy University Libraries, a 2016 BBW grant recipient, celebrates the freedom to read.



Past Krug Fund grant recipients

Banned Books Week 2017

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Smith River, Calif
Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick, NJ
Carrol County Library in Huntingdon, Tenn.
University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library in Jacksonville, Fla.
Alhambra Civic Center Library in Alhambra, Calif. 
Thorntown Public Library in Thorntown, Ind. 
City Lit Theater Company in Chicago, IL

Banned Books Week 2016

Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, Tucson, AZ
Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, Conway, SC
Springfield Local High School, New Middletown, OH
Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul, MN
Troy University Libraries, Troy, AL
The Water Buffalo Club, Los Angeles, CA

Banned Books Week 2015

Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC.
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, IN.
Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative in Neptune Beach, FL.
SA Youth, an organization that works with at-risk youth in San Antonio, TX.
Virginia Beach Public Library, VA.

Read more in our press release.

Banned Books Week 2014

Seven organizations were recipients of 2014 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants!

Read more about their grants in our press release




Banned Books Week 2013

Seven organizations were recipients of 2013 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants! 

Read more about their grants in our press release



Banned Books Week 2012 

In 2012, FTRF provided eight $1,000 Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grants. For photos, check out FTRF's Facebook album.

   Lawrence Public Library Talkeetna Judith's Reading Room ACLU of Pennsylvania St. Catharine College 

Two of the 2012 Krug Fund recipients subsequently received $10,000 John Cotton Dana awards for excellence in promotion of library services.  Congratulations to Cal Poly's Kennedy Library and Lawrence Public Library! 

Banned Books Week 2011

Six grants were awarded in 2011: Bay County Public Library and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression each were awarded $2,500 grants; Springfield-Greene County Library District, North Dakota Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, Thomas F. Holgate Library at Bennett College, and Skokie Public Library all received $1,000 grants. 

Banned Books Week 2010

Seven organizations were awarded Banned Books Week inaugural Krug Fund event grants in 2010. They were: Iowa City Public Library, Takoma Park Maryland Library, Canisius College, Santa Monica Public Library, St. Catharine College, Dayton Metro Library - East Branch, and ACLU of Pennsylvania.