Barriere Head Librarian, Pam Rudd, tells that this year is the 35th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week.
In 1984 the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Development Council launched to raise Canadians’ awareness of censorship threads in Canada and to encourage Canadians to celebrate their freedom to read. A list of titles that have been challenged or banned over the past six decades can be found at freedometoread. ca.
“It includes everything from Harry Potter to the Handmaid’s Tale and everything in between,” says Rudd, “I encourage you to view the titles and learn why they were challenged.
“Stop in at the library to check out our banned book display and have your mug shot taken for being caught reading a banned book.”
Join the conversation and get involved. The National Reading Campaign says,“Without access to reading that engages us as individuals, we lost the vital opportunity to develop a comprehensive world view. Reading is an indispensable tool, and diverse choices are the key to a well-rounded society. So freedom to read is a credo to live by.”