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 strongly about…people should be able to read what they want. A book is great…if you don’t like it, you can close the covers and leave it be! But just because one person doesn’t like it, it shouldn’t mean that others can’t enjoy it.

I want to make it my goal to always read a challenged or banned book every year for Freedom to Read Week. I read challenged books naturally, too, but I think it’s a good practice to choose a book that’s been challenged, and read it in celebration of the week. There are definitely plenty to choose from!

If you’re interested in seeing what books were challenged in Canada in 2011 (they haven’t posted 2012 yet), you can do so here.

I haven’t decided what I’ll read this year. Last year about this time, I read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I have a few ideas for this year, so we’ll see what I end up choosing!

So how about you? Will you celebrate Freedom to Read Week? And, if you’re not Canadian and will not be joining our celebration now, do you celebrate Banned Books Week in September?

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