The NDLA Intellectual Freedom Committee has been selected as one of six recipients for a Banned Books Week grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), via its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
“The strength of the applications for Judith Krug Fund grants this year was really impressive,” said Kent Oliver, FTRF president. “The six winners have very unique projects that were chosen based on many criteria, including their creativity, sustainability and commitment to Judith Krug’s vision and legacy…These grants will help shed light on the power of the First Amendment and the importance of defending our right to read.”
In addition to the grant, FTRF is also providing Banned Books Week merchandise, sold by the American Library Association Store, to the grant recipients.
The following activities, which were cited in the grant won by the committee, will be offered during the conference.
Living Banned Books Event
Committee members and other librarians passionate about Banned Books will wear t-shirts emblazoned with banned book covers. Each living banned book will provide a short reading, summary of the book and why the book has been banned in the past. The location for the event will be the hotel’s main lobby/hallway. NDLA members will be encouraged to walk through the area and choose different books to stop at. In addition, a QR code will be attached to each t-shirt for attendees to scan with their mobile devices providing additional information about the book. Note: NDLA members may scan the living banned books any time throughout the conference as they see one!
When: Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Banned Books: Who Decides? Intellectual Freedom as an Approach to World Literature
We are sponsoring a session that will be presented by two UND language professors, Dr Sherrie Fleshman and Dr Claudia Routon. Victor Lieberman, a reference librarian at Chester Fritz Library will also take part in the presentation. The session will be based on the culminating academic experience of a Capstone course in Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures that was offered at UND in 2010-11. The course covered censored literature/film as a means to bring together multiple language and literary traditions.
When: Friday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 am-10:00 am (check schedule for location)
Banned Books Themed Gift Basket
Librarians love a good gift basket, especially when it’s free and contains banned book paraphernalia! Committee members will be pooling together items and creating the gift basket. It will be placed at the registration desk and conference attendees may sign up for a drawing to win it. The drawing will take place during the NDLA Awards Banquet.
We hope you join us in these activities as we show our support and interest in the importance of intellectual freedom.