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…

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…

Queerotica review

Last night I went to Roundhouse to hear Queerotica, a erotica/porn reading, that was part of Pride in Art.  I thought the reading was going to take place in the theater, but instead it took place in the open space outside the theater where the art exhibition was located.  I was surprised at how packed…

Poster Removal at the Vancouver Public Library

On 6 May, an e-mail from a Vancouver Public Library Director instructed all VPL Branch Heads: “If the Walk for Palestine poster is up in your branch please remove it. We have had a number of complaints about it.” The poster advertised a number of events around Palestine Solidarity Month, and contained the phrase “60…

Greg Felton at VPL

This evening, I went down to the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch to hear Greg Felton talk. Now, I have to admit that even writing that sentence makes me feel slightly queasy. But this post isn’t going to be a dissection of Felton’s views. You can Google his name & find those out easily enough.…