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Freedom to Read Week


Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is almost here! From February 21 - 27, we come together to celebrate and defend our right to read books. Our theme for this year is Freedom to Choose, and our slogan is "They don't want you to know that."

Here's how we're celebrating:

In the Library
Mug Shots - We'll have a mug shot area set up where you can take your picture with a banned book. Share it on social media with the hash tag #FTRWeek and see what others are saying! 

Poetry Through Subtraction (Using censorship to create art) -  Using a government document or page out of a book, you can colour over or cover up the words you don't want, leaving behind your own found poetry or story. Supplies will be provided. 

Puzzle Challenge - We've created a puzzle featuring covers of challenged books. Anybody can get a puzzle piece and help put it together.  

Banned Book Quiz - Try our online quiz about books that were challenged, featuring questions about what they are about and why they were challenged.

Display - A display of books that were/are banned in other countries, with a description about how different ideologies conflict with certain ideas expressed in books. 

Display - Guess the main reason why books get banned and guess when they were published. The answer is on the flap beside the book image in the display, and we'll have books available to check out.  

Social Media
Participate by posting 1 sentence from the title of your favourite banned book and have others guess which book it is.