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A Message from Judy Blume, National Library Week Honorary Chair

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Best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume is Honorary Chair for National Library Week, 2014.  The theme for this year's celebration is  Lives change @ your library.

Judy Blume writes that she found her first favorite books while sitting on the floor of the children’s room at the public library in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She grew up with her own characters and stories running around inside her head. Today her characters live in twenty-eight books in thirty-two languages. Her books for young adults, which have often dealt candidly with puberty, bullying and sexuality, have certainly  been life-changing for generations of teens and tweens. They are among the most frequently challenged according to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She has worked closely with OIF and the National Coalition Against Censorship to protect the freedom to read. You can read about the storm of controversy surrounding her books and her advocacy for intellectual freedom in an essay, "Places I never meant to be," on her website.

This National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) we encourage everyone to visit their local libraries and get involved. 

You can also show your support for America's libraries by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

We're also encouraging library supporters to share how the library has changed their lives. Everyone who posts a picture, or sends a tweet using the #LivesChange and #NLW14 hashtags or shares their story in our database will be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Learn more about our National Library Week promotion.

Please help us celebrate our nation’s libraries and librarians this National Library Week and throughout the year.

 

 

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