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Whitten Intellectual Freedom Fund

Libraries across Texas are facing unprecedented numbers of challenges to books and materials,  and books are being removed from library shelves without going through established reconsideration processes. Librarians are under tremendous pressure and TLA is committed to doing whatever we can to fight these censorship efforts. We’ve established an Intellectual Freedom Helpline to connect librarians who have questions or are facing a challenge with other librarians who can offer support and resources. TLA also launched Texans for the Right to Read, a grassroots coalition that opposes widespread, coordinated efforts to apply subjective criteria to ban books across the state.

Legislation restricting what students can be taught about our country’s complex history, and restricting what books they can read, is being passed around the country; and we will see similar proposals before the Texas Legislature when it convenes in January 2023. We need your support to continue to advocate for the right to read. Please consider making a donation to the Whitten Fund which supports activities that increase attention to, and support of intellectual freedom.

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Donations help make TLA the go-to source of support,knowledge, and community for Texas librarians and libraries. Your support helps librarians respond to crises, grow in their professional journey and develop leadership skills, curate broad-reaching reading lists and serve their communities. Your contributions support the profession and TLA’s mission to empower library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas.

TLA relies on the generosity of library supporters to enable us to carry out our mission. A gift of financial support to TLA translates into an enduring legacy that will help keep the flame of libraries and literacy burning bright. We hope you’ll consider supporting the profession and TLA.

Thank you to our FY2022 Donors! (Contributions for FY2022: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

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