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:
The national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year’s celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world.
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 accepted through April 30. Click here to apply: http://www.ftrf.org/?2014_KrugBBW.
Here are the application guidelines:
Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant application guidelines
The Banned Books Week Hero spotlight of the day goes to student activist, Isaiah Zukowski, from Emmaus, PA for taking action when the school board considered a challenge to Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, both summer reading books. Read more about why he took action, his thoughts on book censorship, and his heroes here. To learn more about the challenge, go to:
Today’s featured Banned Books Week Heroes are the members of the book club 451 Degrees at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, who stood in opposition the order made by Chicago Public Schools to remove the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, from classrooms (and, initially, from libraries).
Throughout Banned Books Week, we will feature Banned Books Week Heroes—outstanding individuals who defended their freedom to read. Today’s featured Heroes are the students and teachers of Glen Ellyn, IL, who fought to keep Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in their school district. Read about why they chose to defend this novel and what they think of book censorship in general.
On the third day of Banned Books Week, we would like to feature a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged book of 2008 for offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.
It takes courage to protect intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. To that end, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have identified outstanding individuals and groups who have stood up to defend their freedom to read by honoring them with the title Heroes of Banned Books Week.
Today we feature Tony Diaz. In 2012, Tony Diaz headed the Librotraficante Caravan to Smuggle Banned Books back into Arizona.