Monday, February 22, 2016

Freedom to Read Week

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Even in 21st century Canada, access to information and intellectual freedom cannot be taken for granted. Canadian libraries and schools regularly receive demands to remove books from shelves and reading lists. As well, intellectual freedom on the internet faces many adversaries both human and technological. Freedom to Read week, a project of the Canadian Book and Periodical Council , encourages discussion and vigilance against censorship in all its forms. As institutions of knowledge and learning, libraries have always defended the basic human right to access information and freely express ideas.

February 21-27 is Freedom to Read week with many events nation-wide. To learn more, download the Freedom to Read Week 2016 discussion kit which includes a discussion with Alvin M. Schrader, author and Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta. There are also many lists and databases online documenting books that have been challenged in the past.

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