Freedom to Read Week


Support Freedom to Read. Read a banned book.

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech.
It closes our ears when we need to listen.
It makes us blind when we need sight.”

Stephen Chbosky

Freedom to Read Week is from February 23 – February 29. This is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression 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.

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Click on the 30 Challenged Publications image to get a full description of books recently challenged in Canada.








Do we have challenged books in the Gibsons Library? Of course we do!

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” Jo Godwin

Click on the covers below for a list of books challenged in Canada that we have here at the Gibsons Library.

Challenged Adult Fiction

Challenged Juvenile Fiction

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.