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The Freedom to Read Foundation Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
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The Freedom to Read Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we’re publishing a book to commemorate the work of the foundation! 

Reading Dangerously” commemorates the Freedom to Read Foundation's fifty years of advocacy, education, and litigation through essays, oral histories, images, and book excerpts.  “Reading Dangerously” will feature a foreward by author Neil Gaiman and an essay by former director James LaRue that looks forward to the foundation’s next 50 years. 

All proceeds from this Kickstarter will support the creation of the book and further FTRF's mission to advocate, educate and litigate for freedom of expression.

Rewards

As a thank you for supporting our campaign we are giving away some amazing rewards that include: A Freedom to Read Bracelet, Nadine Strossen's, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship,  Neil Gaiman's, Art Matters, and an autographed Neil Gaiman poster featuring his famous quote " A book is a dream that you hold in your hand."

About The Freedom to Read Foundation

The Freedom to Read Foundation is a nonprofit legal and educational organization founded in 1969 to promote and protect the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press; protect the public's right of access to information and materials stored in the nation's libraries; safeguard libraries' right to disseminate all materials contained in their collections; and support libraries and librarians in their defense of First Amendment rights by supplying them with legal counsel or the means to secure it.  

In addition to its litigation and legal advocacy in defense of First Amendment freedoms, the foundation supports projects and programs to educate librarians and the public about the importance of defending the right to read and speak freely by providing grants to libraries, schools, and community institutions across the country. FTRF also supports and funds initiatives and scholarship programs to improve intellectual freedom education for LIS professionals and students. 

For additional information regarding the 50th Anniversary Celebration, please visit www.ftrf.org/page/FTRF50

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom to Read Foundation!  

Hear banned authors speak about their experiences over appetizers and a cash bar.  There will also be door prizes.  Tickets are $25 and include appetizers and a chance to win prizes.

Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

Risks and challenges

Reading Dangerously is very close to going to print. The illustrations and initial layout is in. We do not anticipate issues with the creation of the book. We pledge to provide regular updates to backers to ensure you are up to date on our progress and any potential issues will be communicated immediately.

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    Intellectual Freedom Fighter

    Just here for support! Donations of any amount are welcome. Many thanks.

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    Freedom to Read Foundation Pendant

    Show your support and you will receive a Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) pendant. This pendant is a perfect way to accessorize to show your support in intellectual freedom.

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    Reading Dangerously Book

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously.

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    50th Anniversary Celebration Ticket

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously and a ticket to the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held during the ALA Annual meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. in Washington DC. Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

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    50th Anniversary Celebration Ticket

    You'll receive Reading Dangerously e-book and a ticket to the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held during the ALA Annual meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. in Washington DC. Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

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    50th Anniversary Celebration Ticket

    You'll receive a hard-copy of Reading Dangerously and a ticket to the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held during the ALA Annual meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. in Washington DC. Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

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    Banned Books Adult Title Bracelet

    Reading dangerously book and banned books adult title bracelet designed by Carolyn Forsman (longtime supporter of the Freedom to Read Foundation), each tile, or book cover, is 5/8" x 1/2"; the circumference of the bracelet is 6 3/8". The adult sized bracelet features titles:

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
    Howl by Allen Ginsberg
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    I Read Banned Books

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    Banned Books Children's Title Bracelet

    Reading dangerously book and a banned books children's title bracelet designed by Carolyn Forsman (longtime supporter of the Freedom to Read Foundation), each tile, or book cover, is 5/8" x 1/2"; the circumference of the bracelet is 5 1/2". The kid sized bracelet features children's titles:

    Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    Blubber by Judy Blume
    Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
    I Read Banned Books

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    Freedom to Read Foundation Membership

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously and a one (1) year membership to the Freedom to Read Foundation. Freedom to Read supporters:

    Help defend the First Amendment in the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court;
    Support librarians and teachers around the country besieged by attempts to restrict library materials and services;
    Opportunities to participate in webinars
    Monthly email updates on censorship trends, and how your membership helps us fight back;
    Direct connection with authors, librarians and teachers that support your work;
    Vote for and be eligible to run for trustee in the annual board elections.

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    Two 50th Anniversary Celebration Tickets

    You'll receive a hard-copy of Reading Dangerously and two tickets to the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held during the ALA Annual meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. in Washington DC. Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

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    Signed Copy of Nadine Strossen's Book

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously and a signed copy of Nadine Strossen's book, Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not censorship.

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    Defending Our Freedom to Read

    Banned Books: "Defending Our Freedom to Read" compiled by First Amendment advocate Robert P. Doyle. You'll receive a hard-copy of Reading Dangerously and a ticket to the 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held during the ALA Annual meeting on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. in Washington DC. Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker.

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    Signed Neil Gaiman Print

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously and a signed limited edition full color print of Neil Gaiman poster print (8.5" x 11"). This dreamy watercolor by David Mack illustrates Neil's words "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands."

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    Signed Copy of Neil Gaiman's Book

    You'll receive one (1) copy of the first-edition run of Reading Dangerously and a signed copy of Neil Gaiman's "Art Matters" Book; including a certificate of authenticity.

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    Skype visit with author Jennifer L. Holm

    Reading dangerously book and a 30 minute skype visit with author Jennifer L. Holm. Jennifer is the Newbery Honor-winning author of Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise, and the BabyMouse graphic novel series.

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    Skype Visit with Author Cory Doctorow

    Reading dangerously book and a 30 minute skype visit with author Cory Doctorow. Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture Of The Nerds and Makers. He is a Fellow for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.

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    Customized Comic Book by Gene Ambaum

    Gene Ambaum is the co-creator of the Library Comic Strip Unshelved. Back this campaign to receive a comic book based on the story of your library system. You will also receive a framed, signed print from unshelved. All comics created will become Ambauminable LLC.

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