• Freedom to Read,  Librarianship

    Freedom to Read

    It’s that time of year again! Freedom to Read Week is February 21-27, 2016. If you’re unfamiliar with FRW, it’s Canada’s week to celebrate and bring awareness to banned and challenged books, and to discuss the dangers of censorship (pretty much the same as the American Banned Books Week that takes place in the fall). This is an important issue to me, as a writer, a librarian, a reader, and now as a parent, too. So, every year I make a point to read a banned or challenged book around this week (although I naturally read challenged books as part of my usual reading activities regardless of the month). This…

  • Freedom to Read

    Freedom to Read

    It’s Freedom to Read Week here in Canada! Every year, we have a week to celebrate the freedom  to read whatever books we want, particularly those that have been challenged or banned in the past. It’s like the American Banned Books Week, which is in the fall. Not that we need a specific week to tell us that censorship is bad, but it’s a nice reminder, especially for people that don’t know or don’t think about the issue of censorship. Every year, I try to read a banned or challenged book around this time. Sadly, this isn’t a difficult task…it’s appalling how many books are still challenged every year. This…

  • Freedom to Read,  Librarianship

    Freedom to Read Week 2014

    It’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada! This week, February 23 – March 1, is officially Freedom to Read Week. Freedom to Read is pretty much the same thing as Banned Books Week in the US, although ours is earlier in the year. And if you don’t know what either of these weeks are about… Freedom to Read Week celebrates, well, the freedom for us to choose what we want to read! It’s a celebration of the wonders of reading, and of the diversity in books. It also fights against the censorship of books, which is an absolutely horrid thing. It’s all about freedom of expression, and respecting that even…

  • Freedom to Read,  Reviews

    Freedom to Read Week

      Yes, it’s Freedom to Read Week! I mentioned this a little while back, and now it’s here. If you missed that post, Freedom to Read Week is the Canadian equivalent of Banned Books Week in the U.S. It celebrates the freedom to read anything and everything, by highlighting works that have been challenged or banned. I have made it my goal to always read a challenged book for this week. I read many challenged books without even realizing it throughout the year, but for me, it’s important to make an effort to read a challenged work specifically for Freedom to Read Week, in defiance of censorship and to promote…

  • Freedom to Read,  Librarianship

    Freedom to Read

    So, it’s February, and that means that Freedom to Read Week is quickly approaching! For those that don’t know, Freedom to Read Week is the Canadian equivalent to Banned Books Week (which takes place in September). This year, it takes place February 24-March 2. I personally kind of love that these two weeks are on the opposite ends of the year, since it allows the purpose of the week to be showcased twice! Freedom to Read Week celebrates, of course, the freedom to read! There are still tons of books that are challenged and banned in the world, denying people access to them. This is definitely something I feel very…