The Book and Periodical Council’s annual Freedom to Read Week, raising awareness of literary censorship and banned or challenged titles, concludes on March 4. Here’s a list of events to catch before the week is out:
Ongoing Feb. 28–March 4
- Banned books mugshots: Vancouver Island Regional Library (Nanaimo branch), Nanaimo, B.C.; VIRL (Cowichan branch), Duncan, B.C.; Fraser Valley Regional Library (Pitt Meadows, Chilliwack, and Abbotsford branches), Fraser Valley, B.C.; Winnipeg Public Library (St. James-Assiniboie and West End branches), Winnipeg; Meadow Lake Library/Lakeland Regional Library, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan; New Tecumseth Public Library (D.A. Jones Branch), Beeton, Ontario; Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry County Library (Morrisburg and Lancaster branches), Morrisburg, Ontario and Lancaster, Ontario
- Banned books displays: Vancouver Public Library (Central branch), Vancouver, B.C.; Vancouver Island Regional Library (Port Alberni branch), Port Alberni, B.C.; Fort Nelson Public Library, Fort Nelson, B.C.; Barrie Public Library (Painswick and Downtown branches), Barrie, Ontario; Brock University Library, St. Catharines, Ontario; Burk’s Falls Public Library and Armour & Ryerson Union Library, Burk’s Falls, Ontario; Grimsby Public Library, Grimsby, Ontario; Oakville Trafalgar High School Library, Oakville, Ontario; Jean Vanier Catholic High School Learning Commons, Milton, Ontario; Victoria Park High School and Lethbridge College Buchanan Library, Lethbridge, Alberta; Estevan Public Library, Estevan, Saskatchewan; Sssiniboine Community College Library, Brandon, Manitoba; St. John Public Library (West branch), Saint John, N.B.; and SJPL (East branch), Saint John, N.B.
- Challenged books challenges: Lambton County Library, Wyoming, Ontario;
- Online banned books challenges: Nova Scotia Provincial Library; Barrie Public Library in Barrie, Ontario; Olds Municipal Library in Olds, Alberta; and Stratford Public Library in Stratford, Ontario
- Censor poetry: Winnipeg Public Library (St. James-Assiniboia branch), Winnipeg
- Banned books reader series: Mount Royal University, Calgary
- Banned books story time and display: Ogema Public Library, Ogema, Saskatchewan
- Challenged comics display: Chinook Regional Library (Swift Current branch), Swift Current, Saskatchewan
- Challenged YA books display: Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library (North Kamloops branch), Kamloops, B.C.
- Challenged children’s book display: Morinville Library, Morinville, Alberta
- Banned book read-in: Kamloops Library, Kamloops, B.C.
- Discussion on diversity in text with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Public Library: CPL (Crowfoot branch) Calgary
- Banned Books Club takes on Lois Lowry’s The Giver: Edmonton Public Library (McConachie eplGO branch), Edmonton
- Discussion on the criminalization of comic books with library staff: Chinook Regional Library (Swift Current branch), Swift Current, Saskatchewan
- Banned book story time: Winnipeg Public Library (West End branch), Winnipeg
- Discussion on intellectual freedom in the surveillance age with Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s privacy, surveillance, and technology project director Brenda McPhail: Toronto Public Library’s Brentwood Program Room, Toronto
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and To Kill A Mockingbird double-feature screening: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus Library, Surrey, B.C.
- Hands-on poetry workshop with Ottawa poet Vera Wabegijig and non-profit Ryan’s Well: North Grenville Public Library (Norenberg branch), Kemptville, Ontario
- Challenged poetry coffee house and writing workshop contest: Horizon College & Seminary Library, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan