FTRF announces eight Judith Krug Fund grants for Banned Books Week events

Banned Books Week, Freedom to Read Foundation

Congrats to the eight recipients of the 2012 Judith F. Krug Banned Books Week Event Grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation!  Banned Books Week 2012 will take place September 30-October 6.  This year is the 30th anniversary of the celebration.

ACLU of Pennsylvania, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, for their 17th annual “fREADom: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read,” Read-Out and the second annual “Banned After Dark” event featuring performances of banned or challenged plays, songs and other works.  This is the second grant for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which also was awarded a grant in 2010.

California Polytechnic State UniversityRobert E. Kennedy Libraryfor a banned author talk, Read-Out, and wall-sized Infographic featuring the most frequently challenged books of the last decade, among other events.

City Lit Theater Company, for “Books on the Chopping Block,” a week-long series of staged readings at Chicago-area public libraries of the previous year’s 10 most frequently challenged books as determined by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.  City Lit uses professional actors for these performances, which are followed by Q&A sessions with the audience.

Lawrence (Kan.) Public Libraryfor “Banned Books Week Trading Cards,” a daily giveaway of baseball-like cards depicting the artwork and “statistics” of various banned and challenged books.  Other events sponsored by the library will be a Read-Out, photo booth, panel discussion of local writers and attorneys with experience dealing with book challenges and “Cozy up to a Banned Book,” an interactive installation wherein patrons can sit in a recliner and read various library books.

Friends of the Talkeetna (Alaska) Public Library, in support of the Second Annual Great Talkeetna Festival of Books.  This year’s festival will feature the theme “Heroes and Villains” and focus on graphic novels and comics– an increasingly significant target of challenges.  Among the events will be a poster contest, scavenger hunt, parade of books, a film showing and a Battle of the (Banned!) Book Clubs reading porgram, culminating in a Jeopardy-style game show.  The library also will partner with local restaurants who will serve banned book themed food and drinks.

Judith’s Reading Room, for “Freedom Through Literature,” a three-pronged media and event campaign highlighting 30 years of banned books.  Judith’s Reading Room is a network of 30 custom-designed libraries around the world, including in VA and children’s hospitals, war zones and inner-city schools.  Each Judith’s Reading Room library will feature banned books and Banned Books Week posters.  Keynote events, including flash mobs and featured speakers, will take place at Lafayette College and Villanova University in Pennsylvania and at the University of Southern California.  Based in Western Pennsylvania, Judith’s Reading Room was established in 2010 in memory of Judith F. Krug.

St. Catharine College (Ky.), for a cook-out, chalk drawings and their fifth annual, three-day-long Banned Books Week Read-Out.  They also will sponsor an essay contest for local high school students.  St. Catharine was awarded a Judith Krug Fund grant in 2010.

Simon Sanchez High School (Guam), for Read-Outs, posters and a “Roadside Wave,” featuring celebratory boards and signs.  This will be the first commemoration of Banned Books Week for the school, based in Yigo on the northernmost part of Guam.  In 2000, the school library was decimated by a typhoon, and to date, not all of the resources have been replaced.  This is the first Judith Krug Fund grant for an organization in a U.S. territory.

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