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 if you don’t like something, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong.

Unfortunately, my head was in the clouds and Freedom to Read week came upon me very suddenly, and thus I did not have time to plan a challenged/banned book to read this year! So, I went on the hunt for an audiobook I could listen to instead, and have just started Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts on this topic, I am always reading/listening to challenged or banned books. I even have my very own Banned Books mug! But it’s important to me to celebrate this week by experiencing a work that someone has tried to take away from us.

If you’d like to know more about Freedom to Read Week, visit the website at

And if you’re interested in learning about what books have been challenged in the past (if you aren’t familiar with these lists already, I highly recommend checking them out…it can be quite surprising!), check out: (you can also look this up on Google, and find lists from the American Library Association as well, including lists from recent years).

So, have you read a banned or challenged book lately?

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