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What are we up to during National Youth Week?

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There are so many exciting events that will happen May 1st to 7th in London as we celebrate National Youth Week 2015.

Read Away Your Fines: Sat, May 2- Thurs, May 7

If you are 12 to 18 years old, you can Read Away Your Fines on your Library card during National Youth Week.

For every 15 minutes of reading you do in the Library, you get $1 off your fines.

If you sat down and read books, magazines or graphic novels for an hour that would earn you $4 off your fines!

The offer is good for fines only, not for charges for lost or damaged items.

Good only for fines on teen cards.

Ask staff how it works!

April is National Poetry Month

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Libraries and poems share something in common.

Both offer worlds of discovery that challenge us to view our lives from a different perspective.

During April, those worlds will intersect, as libraries throughout the country celebrate National Poetry Month.

Established by the League of Canadian Poets in April 1998, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country get together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture.

The quality and variety of poetry in Canada is astonishing. Check out our teen poetry collection or discover our poetry-related fiction.

In honour of National Poetry Month, we created a program just for you! Poetically Speaking will be hosted by Emma Blue of the Poetry Slam on Wednesday, April 29 from 7 - 8 pm at the Central Library.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us;

you can walk, drive or take the bus.

Step into the spotlight and read a poem;

by someone else or one of your own.

Don't be shy! Give it a try!

Judges and critics - there will be none;

this whole hour is just for fun!

Freedom to Read Week

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The week of February 22 - 28 is designated as Freedom to Read Week.

Freedom to read is a fundamental right in Canada that many take for granted.  

Though even in Canada, books have been banned at borders, in classrooms, and from libraries.  For example, books like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been challenged in Canadian libraries.  

Here is an updated list of challenged books and magazines from the Freedom to Read Week organizers.  This list provides information on more than 100 books, magazines, and other written works that have been challenged in recent decades.  Each challenge sought to limit public access to the works in schools, libraries, or bookstores.  Some challenges were upheld; others were rejected.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.  It has been running annually since 1984. London Public Library supports this initiative as part of our commitment to intellectual freedom.  This year, we have many displays in our branches where you can learn more about challenged works.  

Would like to know more about challenged books?  

Then follow this link.  We also have booklists of banned/challenged books that we have in the collection and you can explore them here.