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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Complete Fairy Tales of Charles PerraultChicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul. All of the Harry Potter books. What do these works have in common? They have all been challenged in public libraries, bookstores and schools - and in the past few years! The idea of banning books might seem outdated, but schools and libraries are asked to remove books from the shelves every day. This type of censorship takes away our freedom to choose what we read and takes away access to books, magazines and other materials.

Each year, we celebrate our intellectual freedom during Freedom to Read week (February 24- March 2, 2013). To celebrate our freedom to read what we choose, library branches will be creating displays designed to get you thinking about banned books and intellectual freedom. Visit your local branch today and learn more about which of your favourite books is considered too hot to handle!


P.S. Check out lists of challenged materials here - you might be surprised at what you find!

  • Read the clues below from our Freedom to Read display at Central
  • See if you can guess which books the clues are describing
  • Then click on each clue to see if you guessed correctly


complaint by parents to school that there are lots of great books out there but this one keeps getting assigned

challenged in over 50 communities