The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is the first library in Indiana ever to be awarded a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund grant in support of Banned Books Week, which will take place Sept. 22-28.
Only seven organizations nationwide were awarded this funding. The library is the first institution devoted to an individual to receive the grant.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to access information and draws attention to the harms of censorship.
“The quality of this year’s application was tremendous,” FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones said in a press release. “We’re confident that the chosen projects represent a range of innovative, creative ideas that will result in great events.”
For this year’s Banned Books Week events, the Vonnegut Library will host an invitational juried art show and sale, hold a local writer captive in a “prison” of books, stage a First Amendment Film Festival, and present a talk on “Corrupting Our Kids: The Attack on YA Literature.”
“The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library encourages free expression and preserves the legacy left by Vonnegut and writers like him who aren’t afraid to fully explore the human condition,” said Executive Director Julia Whitehead. “We’re grateful to the Freedom to Read Foundation and to libraries everywhere for what they do.”
Events and library admission are free to the public. For more information, visit the website at vonnegutlibrary.org or call 652-1954.