The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library, which includes the library in Barriere, is celebrating Freedom to Read week with a contest throughout February.
Freedom to Read week runs Feb. 21-27, this year and is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“As a public library our mandate is to provide materials that reflect the needs and interests of everyone in the community,” says Catherine Schmidt, Coordinator, TNRL Adult Services, “We want to ensure that our residents have free access to any item they want to read, regardless of what we may think about the content. From Feb. 1-28, we want to raise awareness of this important issue so we are running a contest that encourages TNRD residents to read books (or magazines, or movies) that have been banned or challenged in Canada.”
For every item you read (or watch) you can submit an entry into the TNRL prize draw.
“Barriere Library has several titles on display to choose from and we encourage library patrons to enter the contest,” says Pam Rudd, Branch Head, Barriere Library.
For the history of Freedom to Read in Canada and around the world, check out the following website: https://www.freedomtoread.ca.
For more information on the contest go to: https://www.tnrl.ca/?p=/pages/freedomtoread where you will find details about the contest and how to send your submissions.
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