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Freedom to Read Week

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The week of February 22 - 28 is designated as Freedom to Read Week.

Freedom to read is a fundamental right in Canada that many take for granted.  

Though even in Canada, books have been banned at borders, in classrooms, and from libraries.  For example, books like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been challenged in Canadian libraries.  

Here is an updated list of challenged books and magazines from the Freedom to Read Week organizers.  This list provides information on more than 100 books, magazines, and other written works that have been challenged in recent decades.  Each challenge sought to limit public access to the works in schools, libraries, or bookstores.  Some challenges were upheld; others were rejected.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.  It has been running annually since 1984. London Public Library supports this initiative as part of our commitment to intellectual freedom.  This year, we have many displays in our branches where you can learn more about challenged works.  

Would like to know more about challenged books?  

Then follow this link.  We also have booklists of banned/challenged books that we have in the collection and you can explore them here.