Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).
This year, National Library Week will be celebrated with the theme Lives change @ your library.
As Honorary Chair, Blume will appear in print public service announcements (PSAs) promoting National Library Week. The PSAs,
developed by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, will be placed in magazines and online throughout the spring. ALA will also offer free customization of the PSAs for libraries. Visit ala.org/NLW to learn more.
Adults as well as children will recognize such Judy Blume titles as: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”; “Blubber”; “Just as Long as We’re Together”; and the five book series about the irrepressible Fudge. She has also written three novels for adults, “Summer Sisters,” “Smart Women” and “Wifey,” all of them New York Times best-sellers. More than 80 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into thirty-one languages.
Blume is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980’s she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom to protect the freedom to read. She is the editor of “Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers,” and is currently writing a novel.
Read the Complete Announcement