Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week, recognized annually in February, encourages every Canadian to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom—to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It’s a right guaranteed under the Canadian 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. 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." –

During Freedom to Read Week, February 21 to 27, 2021, explore our Staff Picks honouring your freedom to read. Reading—it’s your right!

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Children's Books

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Teen Books

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Adult Books

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