It is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. We take time this week to celebrate some of our fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom to read whatever we choose to read. As citizens of a liberal democracy, we require access to information and ideas, free from state interference or censorship. Take some time this week to reflect on your Freedom to Read.
The BCTLA, in conjunction with the BCTF, has again challenged YOU and all the people of British Columbia to take time on Monday to “Drop Everything and Read.” Set aside your studies, your work, your social media feeds and everything else that keeps you from spending some time reading. Read for at least 20 minutes on Monday. Read for at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY.
Read for fun. Read to learn something you are interested in. Read to escape. Read to laugh. Read to be scared. Read for inspiration. Read because you are interested. Read to know more. Read for your own reasons.
Turn off the phone for a while. Texts, emails, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter– all that can wait. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable. Concentrate. Stick with it. Read deeply. Think. Enjoy.
In the United States the American Library Association presents Banned Books Week, September 24 to 30.
From the ALA: Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. For this year’s celebration, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.
People in Canada and around the world stand with Americans who are celebrating and standing up for their right to read. As Canadians we can also celebrate our rights, and learn more about what we need to do to protect those rights.
What is the comfiest place in the school? The Silent Reading area of the library, of course! At any time of the day you can get away from the noise and chaos of the school, settle into a cozy chair, enjoy a quiet space and lose yourself in a good book! Come down to enjoy this wonderful spot.
The students of School District 36 have spoken. Over the past year students from around Surrey have been reading the Surrey Teens Read 10 nominated titles. After the votes were counted, the winner emerged: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
Thanks to all the Teacher Librarians who run this excellent program and thanks to all the students who take the time to read the books and vote.
Freedom to Read Week in Canada concludes on March 4.
As we celebrate, and defend, our Freedom to Read, it is important to remember that the Freedom to Read means nothing if people don’t choose to read. Compared to most of human history and to most of the world today, we in Canada in the 21st Century are a very literate society. We CAN read. But do we? We are not an illiterate society. But are we an aliterate society?
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
(Source: Unknown, but variations popularly attributed to Mark Twain.)
February 26 to March 4 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.
What do Harry Potter, The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Bible have in common? Some groups have attempted to ban these books, from schools, or libraries, or bookshops, in Canada. Find out more: freedomtoread.ca
Canada’s Freedom to Read Week is February 26 to March 4, 2017.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your freedom to read and many other hard fought liberties that sometimes we take for granted as Canadians. Know your rights and freedoms. Cherish them. Protect them. Exercise them.
When parents read aloud to their children, they are making a profound contribution to the growth of their kids as readers, listeners and learners. Reading aloud to kids helps to introduce children to the wonders and magic of the world of stories. So many amazing things can happen when parents read to their kids.
Yet it doesn’t need to stop once kids learn to read to themselves. Indeed, it should never stop. Adults, teens, people of all ages love being read to and reap the benefits when they get the chance to listen.
World Read Aloud Day is a chance to recognize the power of the joy of reading aloud. Spread the word!