Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017

FTRF funds 7 Banned Books Week grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:04 -- Jonathan Kelley

The Freedom to Read Foundation (Twitter: @ftrf) is pleased to announce the seven winners of 2014 Banned Books Week event grants via FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  These $1000 grants will be used to fund a wide variety of project celebrating the freedom to read. Here are brief descriptions of the successful applications:

Nashua (N.H.) High School North will integrate a summer reading program, community bookshelf, literacy fundraising night, literature symposium, library registration night, and English 1 reading strategy lessons using To Kill a Mockingbird and Call of the Wild in their project.  Additionally, Spanish Honor Society students will organize an Hispanic authors’ literature symposium featuring challenged books by Hispanic authors.

Charleston (S.C.) Friends of the Library takes as its focus the recent challenge by the state legislature to Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home at the College of Charleston.  The Friends group will collaborate with several community organizations to bring Banned Books Week to life at local schools, and present a public event featuring censored music and a selection from the stage version of Fun Home.

DePaul University Library and DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning in Chicago also will focus, in part, on a local challenge during a community panel discussion.  Additional events are “Pop-up shops” (combining book check-out, a slide show, and a Read-Out) in the student centers and a program on a student-run radio program.

Columbus (Ohio) State Community College will involve students, faculty, and staff in creating an online exhibit celebrating the freedom to read.  The goal is for participants to “curate their own learning experience;” the project will involve a story recording booth, photo booth, mock trial, film festival, and significant social media content.

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association will work with the Kate Waller Branch of the Alexandria Public Library to put together a Read-Out, participatory “Library Survivor” game, used (banned) book giveaway, and “Burning & Burying”—a lecture about books “so thoroughly suppressed that they have completely disappeared.”

LGBT Center of Raleigh Library will celebrate Banned Books Week for the first year thanks to this grant. Various book clubs associated with the library will hold discussions of LGBT-themed banned and challenged books; there will be an open mic night Read-Out  featuring passages from Two Boys Kissingand The Perks of Being a Wallflower; and they will display of banned and challenged books at the North Carolina Pride Festival, which this year falls during Banned Books Week.

Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU of Pennsylvania will host two events: the 19th Annual “FREADom: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read” and the 4th edition of “Banned After Dark.” This is the third Krug Fund grant to support the Pittsburgh ACLU’s popular Banned Books Week festivities, which have proven to be eclectic, fun, and powerful evocations of the dangers of censorship.

Congratulations to this year's recipients! Stay tuned to our Banned Books Week 2014 page for updates on the projects as well as the videos and photos the recipients post after their events.