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.
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!
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?
Well look no further than your local library. We've got you covered with every kind of love story.
Something realistic? How about reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Maybe you'd rather something realistic but extra complicated, like OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. Or why not add some comedy into the mix with Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
If these don't appeal to you, how about a little fantasy in your love story with The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater? We could even change our setting to a dystopia with The Selection by Kiera Cass, or throw in some science fiction with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
Still not satisfied? Well click here to browse through a long list of other romantic possibilities.