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    The Three Rs—Reading, wRiting and Rights

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    "Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read." (FTR site)

    Freedom to Read Week—February 23 to March 1, 2014

    On the Vision, Mission and Values page of the Calgary Public Library, you'll see that the first item listed is intellectual freedom. The Canadian Library Association does an annual survey that lists books (and DVDs) that have been challenged in public libraries. I encourage you to go read the 2012 list on their CLA Annual Survey of Challenges to Canadian Library Resources and Policies site. I'm certain you'll be surprised by at least some of the items challenged.

    Many people mistakenly assume that the books being banned or challenged are not books they would ever read. The Freedom to Read site contains lists of books challenged in both English and French. The books below are just a few:

    Freedom to Read Week—Celebrate by Reading a Challenged Book!

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