Beyond the blindfold at Greater Victoria Regional Library

Avi Silberstein, the Outreach Librarian for Greater Victoria Regional Library describes their provocative and engaging Freedom to Read Week display. We thought it would be fun to have a mannequin – blindfolded – at the entrance to the library.  So we made a few phone calls and visited a few stores, and after some persistence…

Free a Book at New Westminster Public Library

Faith Jones wrote about New Westminster Public Library’s Free a Book initiative to celebrate Freedom to Read Week. We’re encouraging patrons to release their own books, using the Book Crossing project. We’ve put up a display from our collection and are giving out the attached flyer (made by two of our artistically talented staffers). I’m…

Happy Freedom to Read Week!

This year’s Freedom to Read Week takes place from February 21 to February 27. Freedom to Read Week is our chance to highlight issues of censorship and start conversations about intellectual freedom with our patrons and public. Ideas for celebrating Freedom to Read Week at your library include: – Giant “checklist” of banned & challenged…

Freedom to Read Week on Vancouver Island

Monica Finn, Customer Services Librarian at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, wrote to us about the Freedom to Read Week displays she’s organizing for the VIRL: I’m arranging a Freedom to Read Week display in each of the 39 branches of Vancouver Island Regional Library so I’ve already photographed a display which will be sent…

2010: Make every day a banned book day

Genny Bourdages has an interesting New Year resolution for 2010. She’s going to read banned or challenged books. Lots of them. She’s also created a facebook group to start discussion about banned books and to track her progress and thoughts about reading banned and challenged book titles. The group is open to anyone. Full details…

Toni Morrison at the Free Speech Leadership Council

Last month a high school in Shelby, Michigan ordered an English teacher to stop teaching students about Toni Morrison’s novel, “Song of Solomon.” Yesterday, Morrison helped the National Coalition Against Censorship launch the Free Speech Leadership Council, a collection of community leaders working together to combat censorship around the country. At the event, Morrison spoke…

Freedom to Read Week at the Rhizome

On Saturday, February 28, the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee hosted an evening of discussion, socializing, button-making and readings of controversial materials. Penny Goldsmith read from her friend Jane Rule’s testimony at the Little Sister’s v Canada Customs trial, Michelle Miller read from a book of sex advice by and for teenage girls, Jon Scop read…

Happy Freedom to Read Week

Happy Freedom to Read Week! This Sunday marks the start of the 25th annual Freedom to Read Week, which runs from February 22-28 2009. VANCOUVER EVENT! Come join the B.C. Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee as we make buttons, discuss current events, have a drink, and listen to local authors read from some challenged and…