Dear Mr Kenney

The BCLA recently sent a letter to Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration expressing concern about the failure to include direct references to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedom’s express prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation, and to Canada’s legalization of same-sex marriage, from Canada’s new citizenship guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and…

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…

Find a Challenged or Banned Book at the University of Victoria

Susan Henderson from the University of Victoria shared this wonderful Freedom to Read Week event: The University of Victoria Libraries and Bookstore are organizing a special campus event to celebrate the 26th year of Freedom to Read Week. We really liked the BookCrossing idea on the FTRW website so we now have 26 campus representatives…

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…