On May 22, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the winners of the 2013 Judith F.Krug Memorial Fund grant to support proposed Banned Books Week events. Banned Books Week will take place Sept. 22–30, 2013, with events celebrating the freedom to access information and bringing attention to the harms of censorship.
The Freedom to Read Foundation is the First Amendment legal defense affiliate of the American Library Association, and is an official sponsor of Banned Books Week. This is the fourth year Krug Fund grants have be awarded.
“The quality of this year’s application was tremendous,” said FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones. “We couldn’t be more pleased by the care and thought that was put into the proposals. From a dance performance and an art show to online and offline readings, discussions, and lectures, we’re confident that the chosen projects represent a range of innovative, creative ideas that will result in great events!”
The winners of this year’s grants are:
The Gadsden Public Library Foundation for “Banned Books Week Gadsden Reads:Fahrenheit 451“. Events planned include a lecture, public book discussion, a Banned Books Art Exhibit and an informal discussion of the novel with inmates at a local detention center.
The Judith’s Reading Room, for “Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books through Dance”. This organization will collaborate with Muhlenberg College on a dance performance focused on banned books.
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is sponsoring a film festival, invitational juried art show and local author Hugh Vandivier will live in the library’s storefront window behind a wall of banned books.
The Livingston Parish Library, for “I Read Banned (Southern) Books Week”. The events include a one-act play, a night of music featuring banned country songs and other events celebrating southern books that have been banned or challenged.
Lockport Public Library, a branch of the LaFourche Parish Public Library, is planning an art workshop, pirate radio-type broadcasts, a short video project and many more activities.
The School of Law and Social Justice part of the Atlanta Public Schools, for “Danger! Black Men Reading”. Th events planned will highlight banned books written by African-American male authors. The programs will discuss the impact censorship has had on the black community and on black men and boys specifically.
Yuma County Library District will present “Time in the Slammer” in cooperation with The Freedom Library. Inspired by the Yuma Territorial Prison, the project will create “jail cells” in all seven branches to promote the concept that people are willing to sit in jail for their right to read.
In addition to the cash awards, the Freedom to Read Foundation is providing Banned Books Week merchandise to the grant recipients. For banned book week events in your area visit www.bannedbooksweek.org.