Learn about Alivin Schrader and other “Champions of Free Expression” at freedomtoread.ca . These people and countless others lead the fight for our rights and freedoms. Find out more about them and get inspired to join the fight.
February 23 – 29 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. This week we celebrate our freedom to read. More than that, as citizens of Canada, we must recognize the ongoing fight to protect our freedom to read, and our other rights and freedoms, and to extend those rights and freedoms to all of humanity.
February 23 to 29 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. Come down to the School Library to find out more. We have a display of books and other resources related to our freedom to read, our right to have access to information, and our responsibility to exercise those rights and freedoms as informed, free-thinking citizens. We will will also feature online resources, so be sure to check out our site, tweedsmuirlibrary.wordpress.com.
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.
This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest. (source: freedomtoread.ca)
All of these are titles which have been challenged. Somewhere in Canada in the past 30 years, individuals or groups have tried to have these books removed from schools, libraries and bookstores. The list of challenged authors includes Canadian Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Laureate for Literature.
What is the biggest threat to our “Freedom to Read?” Is it censorship? Or is it something else? Perhaps it is apathy. Do we care enough about our rights and freedoms to do enough to protect them? Or perhaps it is simply the fact that not enough of us spend enough time reading.
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” While this quote probably didn’t originate from Mark Twain, despite popular attribution to the brilliant writer, the sentiment is still worthwhile. We can teach our kids to read, but if they choose not to read, what then? We need to protect our “Freedom to Read.” It is vital to democracy. Yet the forces that would seek to erode our freedoms need not concern themselves very greatly if we simply fail to take advantage of our freedoms.
All of these are titles which have been challenged. Somewhere in Canada in the past 30 years, individuals or groups have tried to have these books removed from schools, libraries and bookstores. The list of challenged authors includes Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel Laureate for Literature.