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…

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…

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…

Freedom to Read Week Meet-Up in Vancouver

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 banned books. Did you know that Harry Potter was a challenged book? Authors to be announced. Saturday February 28th, 7pm-midnight at Rhizome Cafe 317 East Broadway.…

creative FTRW displays

This is my last Freedom to Read week post this year, I promise. The McGill Branch of Burnaby Public Library has got to be one of the prettiest libraries in BC. I love the clothesline display of There’s something in my library to offend everyone sweatshirts. Not visible in this photo are the quotes on…

FTRW contest winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in FTRW and to everyone who took time to send in photos of their libraries for our contest. Mitzi Fortin, Community Librarian with the Lumby Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library writes: Lumby is a village located in the Okanagan interior. We have a population of about 1700 and are…

Karen Connelly & Deborah Campbell

When people find out that I’m a librarian they often respond “Oh, I love books”, mostly because I think they don’t know what else to say.  The “I love books” people drive me nuts, and I usually respond with a snarky”I don’t like books at all” or “I don’t read fiction.”  That usually shuts them…

Janine Fuller at SLAIS

Written by and posted on behalf of  Jon Scop Janine Fuller ended her talk to a group of about thirty librarians and library students today by telling us that we inspired her, but I’d venture to say that it was Janine who provided a source of great inspiration to us. Janine has been the manager…