Freedom to Read


For the past 30 years, Canada’s Book and Periodical Council has sponsored the Freedom to Read Week.  This week long celebration, which just happens to coincide with the College’s Reading Week, brings to the attention of Canadians that their intellectual freedom to read what they desire is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

According to the Canadian Library Association’s  Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee’s report, Intellectual Freedom Questioned: Challenges to Library Resources and Policies in Publicly Funded Canadian Libraries in 2012  (Schrader &  Bowman, 2013), publicly funded Canadian libraries  received 73 requests, citing 148 reasons, to have  material removed from libraries.

While the titles listed below are not amongst the items currently fostering dis-favor, they have all appeared on the list of challenged works.  Why not celebrate your freedom to read this reading week and check out some of these titles?

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