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Freedom to Read Week Details


Freedom to Read Week Details

Freedom to Read Week is almost here! Celebrated from February 26 - March 4, it's is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Check out a list of banned and challenged books in our catalogue - some of them might surprise you!

Our Downtown and Painswick branches will be encouraging patrons to think about freedom to read through: 

  • A book display of graphic novels, as this year’s focus is on challenged graphic novels
  • A book display featuring challenged books that have been wrapped and given a one-word description of why the book was banned. Inside the book will be a bookmark with details on why the book was challenged – which patrons can keep!
  • Images of challenged kids books that can be flipped over to show the reasons why they were challenged
  • A block puzzle with cut-up images of challenged books that teens can complete to reveal the challenged book
  • A social media contest where followers can respond to questions we post and be entered into a draw to win a banned books mug (pictured below).  Follow us on Facebook to take part in the contest: