Freedom to Read Week 2018

Freedom to Read Canada 2018

What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and  the dictionary all have in common? They’ve all been banned in various libraries and schools. This week is national Freedom to Read Week, which focuses on intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom to Read Week does this by highlighting books that have been banned and challenged in various places. We have lots of books in our collection which have been challenged or banned in other places.  Come see if you can figure out why they’ve been controversial.  Maybe you’ll even find a banned book that you want to read.

For more information visit the Freedom to Read web site.

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom To Read Week 2017

What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and  the dictionary all have in common? They’ve all been banned in various libraries and schools. This week is national Freedom to Read Week, which focuses on intellectual freedom, guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom to Read Week does this by highlighting books that have been banned and challenged in various places. At North, we’re  celebrating by having a banned books scavenger hunt. Come by this week to hunt around the library for information about some challenged books, fill out an entry form, and enter to win a Chapters gift card. Maybe you’ll even find a banned book that you want to read.

For more information visit the Freedom to Read web site.

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Did you know that one of the books commonly studied at Burnaby North today is the frequent target of challenges in the United States?  Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was the 6th most commonly challenged novel in the US in 2012.

Watch doctor/author Hosseini reading from his book in the video below:

Watch famous authors, including Libba Bray, James Dashner, Jenny Han, Lois Lowry, Eoin Colfer and many others discuss  issues of censorship in the video below:

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Did you know that efforts are made every year in Canada to remove books from libraries?  Would you be surprised to learn that many of these challenges succeed?

Find out more about the censorship of reading in Canada by clicking on the image below.  Also, be sure to check out the Freedom to Read display in the library during Freedom to Read Week, February 23 – March 1.

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