Judith F. Krug (1940-2009)

blog_krugThe former librarian and founder of Banned Books Week, a nationwide event held each September that both celebrates and flaunts the freedom to read opinionated and controversial books, passed away last week in Evanston, Illinois (read more about Banned Books Week here); Judith Krug, a native of Pittsburgh, devoted her life to the promotion of reading, as well as the fight against censorship of books — from the founding, in 1967, of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, which promotes intellectual freedom in libraries, to recent challenges to the USA Patriot Act.