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In 2013, book censorship is on the rise. CBLDF is fighting back, but we can’t do it without you!

From the attempted ban on Persepolis in the Chicago Public Schools last spring, to the current controversy over the removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere in New Mexico, CBLDF is at the frontlines of protecting the freedom to read. In the past year, we sent dozens of letters of support in defense of comics and books of all kinds. We also participated in behind-the-scenes actions to protect the freedom to read, make, and sell comics.

This work is expensive and can only be done with the support of people like you. That’s why today we’re asking you to Be Counted and join the CBLDF today. If we can sign up 500 new or renewing members by October 31, we’ll have the money we need to continue our library aid projects in 2014. Please help us by becoming a member today.

When you join the CBLDF during our 2013 Be Counted member drive, we’ll be able to stand up to censorship and also help schools and libraries in your community by sending them copies of our education resources Raising A Reader or Manga: Introduction, Challenges, & Best Practices – two of our most recent tools for advancing literacy and fighting censorship. We’ll also thank you by sending outstanding premiums from one of our generous author supporters, who include Neil Gaiman, Tony Harris, Jennifer L. Holm, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, and Brian K. Vaughan!

Make a difference.  Get involved.  Be Counted as a CBLDF Member today!

Here’s what you get when you join: 

Join the CBLDF by October 31, and you’ll receive all of our regular membership incentives and a variety of premiums and incentives.  Don’t forget, a portion of every CBLDF membership contribution is tax-deductible

Thank you gifts include:

Member– $25 Member Kit and a pdf copy of RAISING A READER

Supporter- $50 Member Kit, 10 copies of RAISING A READER sent in your name to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of a BABYMOUSE print, signed by creators Matthew & Jennifer L. Holm, or a LIL’ LIBERTY print, signed by artist Raina Telgemeier.

Advocate – $100 Member Kit, plus 25 copies of the RAISING A READER education program magazine OR 1 copy of CBLDF PRESENTS: MANGA to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of a BABYMOUSE print, signed by creators Matt and Jenni Holm, or a LIL’ LIBERTY print, signed by artist Raina Telgemeier!

Advocate Plus - $100 Member Kit, 25 copies of the RAISING A READER education program magazine OR 1 copy of CBLDF PRESENTS: MANGA to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of one of these: a signed BABYMOUSE and LIL’ LIBERTY print; Saga Volume One, personalized by Brian K. Vaughan; or Bone One Volume Edition signed by Jeff Smith.

Defender – $250 Member Kit, 50 copies of the RAISING A READER education program magazine AND 2 copies of CBLDF PRESENTS: MANGA to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of one of these: In Reilig Oran print, signed by Neil Gaiman & Tony Harris; Saga volume one, personalized by Brian K. Vaughan; Bone One Volume Edition, signed by Jeff Smith; or The Complete Rasl, Special Edition, signed by Jeff Smith.

Protector – $500 Member Kit, 100 copies of the RAISING A READER education program magazine AND 5 copies of CBLDF PRESENTS: MANGA to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of one of these: Skype Chat with Jennifer L. Holm; Tezuka & Ishinomori: The Power of Manga Exhibition Catalog; In Reilig Oran print, signed by Neil Gaiman & Tony Harris; Saga volume one, personalized by Brian K. Vaughan; Bone One Volume Edition, signed by Jeff Smith; or The Complete Rasl, Special Edition, signed by Jeff Smith.

Champion - $1000 Member Kit, 100 copies of the RAISING A READER education program magazine AND 5 copies of CBLDF PRESENTS: MANGA to the school or library of your choice, and your choice of one of these: The Day The Saucers Came print, signed and sketched by Neil Gaiman; Tezuka & Ishinomori: The Power of Manga Exhibition Catalog; Skype Chat with Jennifer L. Holm; In Reilig Oran print, signed by Neil Gaiman & Tony Harris; Saga volume one, personalized by Brian K. Vaughan; Bone One Volume Edition, signed by Jeff Smith; or The Complete Rasl, Special Edition, signed by Jeff Smith.

Help CBLDF fight for the right to read — Be Counted today!