Thomas Paine wrote about ideas that were so controversial he was often imprisoned and fined, and almost executed. His works were banned in Europe and anyone who distributed, read or discussed his books faced prosecution. Starting this spring, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is working with Ian Ruskin to offer libraries an opportunity to provide screenings of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine as a program for their communities.
While at ALA’s Midwinter conference, I was thrilled to hear the news that two very distinguished and prominent awards honored two very deserving and courageous freedom fighters. The Freedom to Read Foundation and Office of Intellectual Freedom proudly congratulate David Levithan on receiving the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and Pat Scales on being the 2016 recipient of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award.
Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate. Yet public schools in […]
December 1st, 2015 The Freedom to Read Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday not just to raise awareness and funds for defeating censorship in schools and libraries, but also
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and […]
During the week of March 11, 2013, directives were issued by administrators at Chicago Public Schools’ Fullerton school network and Lane Tech High School to remove Marjane Sartrapi’s acclaimed graphic […]
Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Monday, June 30 Now Showing @ ALA: The Speaker…A Film About Freedom When: 8:00-10:00 a.m. Where: LVCC-N242 […]
Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Sunday, June 29 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day […]
Five years ago today, Judith Krug passed away. To honor her memory, the Freedom to Read Foundation blog will host a series of remembrances about her life and legacy. If you would […]
Cross-posted on Freedom to Read Foundation Blog Applications for Banned Books Week 2014 event grants via the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund are now open. Applications will be […]