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 books, where patrons get to tick or put a start by books that they’ve read
– Book readings of banned & challenged books, particularly if local authors are involved
– Get yourself a special Intellectual Freedom Committee t-shirt from http://www.tshirtmonster.ca/designer/gallery.asp?Designer=bclaifc
– Create a themed display on a current issue, such as free speech & the Olympics

If you need some visual inspiration, check out these photos:

There’s more about the week at www.freedomtoread.ca.

Interested in the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee?
– Post or comment to this blog. You can comment without logging in; if you want to post, just e-mail us at bclaifc@gmail.com
– Check out our web site at http://www.bcla.bc.ca/ifc/default.aspx
– Join our e-mail list
– Attend one of our sponsored sessions at the BC Library Conference in Penticton, April 2009 (http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/page/program.aspx). Sessions are: Free Speech & the Olympics: What Happened?; Ain’t on the Globe & Mail Bestseller List; and Literacies and Issues of Intellectual Freedom in the Digital Age – for children’s and youth librarians)
– Contact Beth or Aili at bclaifc@gmail.com

We’d love to hear how you’re celebrating Freedom to Read Week, and we’d love to post your photos on our blog. Thanks to Monica Finn of VIRL who sent in a photo and won a collection of Freedom to Read Week buttons – see below for Monica’s photo! If you need any suggestions or help planning displays or events, please get in touch with Beth or Aili at bclaifc@gmail.com.

Enjoy Freedom to Read Week!


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