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  • 1.  LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 22, 2023 06:13 PM

    Last night the LA Times Book Prizes were presented.  The last award of the evening was the Innovator's Award, given to the Freedom to Read Foundation.  Our Council colleague Peter Coyl was there to accept the award on behalf of the Foundation (he is the current president).  In his acceptance, he exhorted the audience:  "I issue a challenge - do not be silent. Now is not the time to be complacent.  The right to read freely is an American right. Let that be known."

    The full story (I hope it is not behind a paywall) is at the Times at https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2023-04-21/los-angeles-times-book-prizes-winners-announced

    Peter wasn't the only one to address book bans and intellectual freedom challenges on the stage.  Some of the winning authors did as well.  Our fight is theirs, too.  It's encouraging that others are speaking up, but it's terrible that it has gotten to this point.

    Congratulations to the Foundation on the recognition.  Now then, to the rest of us, do what you can to support them and the Unite Against Book Bans effort.

    After all, Free People Read Freely.

    Peter



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    Peter Hepburn
    Head Librarian, College of the Canyons
    ALA Treasurer, 2022-2025
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  • 2.  RE: LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 24, 2023 10:18 AM
    Thank you for sharing Peter!  During these challenging times for our democracy and libraries, it is encouraging that some recognize ALA's efforts to stand up to censorship and banning.  Kudos to the Freedom to Read Foundation and their hard work in this fight.

    Maggie Farrell

    Dean of Libraries
    University Libraries
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    maggie.farrell@unlv.edu 
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  • 3.  RE: LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 24, 2023 12:26 PM

    I couldn't agree more, Maggie! Thank you, Peter Coyl, for your good works on our collective behalf. Thank you, Peter Hepburn, for sharing the good news. And thank you, L.A. Times, for the timely acknowledgement.

     

    With all my best, Brian S.

     

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  • 4.  RE: LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 24, 2023 12:33 PM
    Congratulations to the FTRF for all of the great work you do

    To my Council colleagues - have you joined the award winning Freedom to Read Foundation? What better way to celebrate the Right to Read than by joining the FTRF?  FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.   If you have questions about the FTRF, feel free to ask.

    And speaking about the Right to Read - I hope all ALA Councilors and ALA members join Unite Against Book Bans

    Thanks
    Sara D.


    American Library Association Executive Board Member
    Albany Public Library (NY) Trustee






  • 5.  RE: LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 24, 2023 12:42 PM
    I echo Sara in recommending all Councilors support FTRF by joining. The foundation is working hard every day in FW half of First Amendment rights. 
    Dorcas Hand
    TX Chapter Councilor

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  • 6.  RE: LA Times Book Prize for the Freedom to Read Foundation

    Posted Apr 24, 2023 03:00 PM
    Thank you all for your kind words and support for the Freedom to Read Foundation.  It takes a lot of folks to do this great work.

    Peter