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Banned Books grant awarded to Vonnegut Library



The library that was home last year to Corey Michael Dalton during his week-long stunt tied to Banned Books Week has been awarded a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.


Judith F. Krug was the founding executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation and helped found Banned Books Week in 1982. The FTRF began awarding Banned Books Week grants in 2010 and also became an official sponsor in 2012.

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, in the historic Emelie Building in downtown Indianapolis, was one of seven organizations nationwide to receive this award. It's the first institution devoted to an individual to receive the grant. Banned Books Week will take place from Sept. 22-28 this year.

These seven days celebrate the freedom to access information and draws attention to the harms of censorship.

"The quality of this year's application was tremendous," said FTRF Executive Director Barbara Jones. "We're confident that the chosen projects represent a range of innovative, creative ideas that will result in great events."

For this year's events, the Vonnegut Library will host an invitation 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."

Events and library admission are free to the public. Click here for more information.

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization that serves as a cultural and resource facility - all of which show characteristics of beloved writer Kurt Vonnegut. As a museum, art gallery and reading room, this library seeks to engage people, especially youth, in the written word.

The library is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. except on Wednesdays and major holidays.


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