ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation Awards Grant to Judith’s Reading Room

We have just been informed that Judith’s Reading Room is one of 7 nationwide winners in this year’s ALA’s grant from Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. BBW_Banned_200x200We were the only “repeat” organization to win. The American Library Association has awarded Judith’s Reading Room with a grant in the amount of $1,000. This is the second consecutive grant for Judith’s Reading Room, which was established in 2010 in memory of Judith F. Krug. Seven $1,000 grants are awarded to libraries, schools and community organizations in support of Banned Books Week events. Banned Books Week, which will take place Sept. 22–30, 2013, celebrates the freedom to access information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship.

The FTRF press release states that “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!”

Thanks to Marissa  Bottino and Ana Luhrs for their tireless and patient work in developing our innovative and creative proposal called, “Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books through Dance.” Judith’s Reading Room will collaborate with Muhlenberg College on a dance performance focused on books banned or challenged in the U.S. in the last 31 years.

Many other Banned Books Week events around the country will be listed at

View the video of Judith’s Reading Room 2012 Flash-Mob Read-Out

30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week

Flash-Mob Read-Out with 30 individuals walking/converging while reading from passages in 30 banned books – one for each year since the inception of Banned Books Week in America.

Judith’s Reading Room is also active in providing books to the men and woman who serve, or have served, in the US Military, our honored veterans and active-duty soldiers.

Lafayette College’s Kirby librarian Ana Ramirez Luhrs and Erin D’Amelio ’13, a double major in English and French, organized the event along with a number of related activities protesting the banning of books by schools, bookstores, and libraries across the country. Also part of the week, at Lafayette’s Skillman Library, Alan Gribben, professor of English at Auburn University, presented “The Price of Fighting Censorship: Mark Twain Editions Today”. Professor Bianca Falbo and Professor Andrew Smith held an informal roundtable discussion, “All right, then, I’ll go to hell”, of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

[note color="#7d92e8"] Flashmob Eva GrazelStoryteller Eva Grayzel performed using Judith Krug’s quotes on censorship as her inspiration.[/note]

30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week: Judith’s Reading Room will honor Judith F. Krug, founder of Banned Books Week, in whose memory the organization is named. Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for 40 years before her death in 2009 was a towering champion of free speech and a vigorous opponent of censorship.

The American Library Association (ALA) named Judith’s Reading Room as one of eight recipients of this year’s Krug Fund Grant in support of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week, took place September 30 to October 6, 2012, celebrates the freedom to access information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week.