Category: Freedom to Read Foundation
Texas Federal District Court Orders Censored Books Returned to Library Shelves in Llano County, Texas
Great news from Texas – the federal district court in Austin, Texas has issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Llano County, Texas government and library board to return the books […]
Apply Now for a Banned Books Week Celebration Grant
Show off your best anti-censorship programs and displays, and apply now through June 4 for a Banned Books Week Celebration Grant.
Deeper Dive with President Barb Stripling: Freedom to Read Foundation Report to Council
An interview with President of the Freedom to Read Foundation, Barbara Stripling, that examines the organization, it’s Midwinter Report to ALA Council and upcoming priorities.
FTRF Scholarship Opportunity
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), is excited to announce a scholarship for the Spring 2021 seminar, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool).
Hearing from Deborah Caldwell-Stone, New Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of Freedom to Read Foundation
I believe that libraries are little engines of democracy. They are the place that anyone can go and educate themselves.
Intellectual Freedom & Privacy Events in our Nation’s Capitol
So many great intellectual freedom and privacy events during ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. You won’t want to miss a single minute.
Banned Book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is America’s ‘Best-Loved’ Novel
Part of the reason that the novel is so well loved, I think, is because it challenged so many of us to think about difficult issues. Whether we continue to teach Mockingbird or choose to move on to another, more modern book, one important lesson from Mockingbird will live on – we will continue to read, and love, our banned books.
Book of Oatmeal.com comic strips defaced as ‘filthy’ and ’18+’ by non-borrower
The adult services staff received a package in the mail presented as if it were an ILL. Upon opening it, Jamie Dacyczyn found a paperback book, cataloged in the Teen Comics section, wrapped in white bandage tape with the words “filthy” and “not suited for children” and “18+” written on the tape. It also came with a 4”x 6” lined unsigned post-it note explaining how this books was found at a camp for children and it is totally inappropriate for teens, etc.
Get Jazzed about #IntellectualFreedom in New Orleans
Join the Office for Intellectual Freedom in New Orleans for intellectual freedom and privacy discussions and programs. Don’t hesitate to snag us for any questions!
Great American Read’s List of 100 “Best-loved” Novels Includes More Than 20 Banned Authors
My hope is that the Great American Read series and accompanying library programming across the country may draw in some of those Americans who did not read a book last year. Perhaps they will even read one of the banned books on the list and gain an appreciation for the importance of the right to read and intellectual freedom. Either way, I am thrilled to see so many banned and challenged books on a list of America’s favorite reads. My fellow readers, keep reading books that challenge the status quo and make you consider multiple perspectives.