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Freedom to Read Week: Feb. 21- 27, 2010

It's Freedom to Read Week!  What do JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Deborah Ellis's Three Wishes, Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, and Kevin Major's Hold Fast have in common?  You guessed it -- someone somewhere in Canada asked that these titles be removed from a shelf in a library.  FInd a list of over 100 books challenged in Canada here.  Check out the display in the Central Teen Annex (put up by your own Teen Advisory Committee) and the display in the Children's Library, to find more books that have been challenged.

Libraries across Canada, including the London Public Library, are supported by the Canadian Library Association's Statement on Intellectual Freedom which states: "It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable."  Read our Collection Management Policy here.

The character Ole Golly in the film version of Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh says "There are as many ways to live in this world as there are people in this world, and each one deserves a closer look".  This week, take a closer look at the books that have been removed from shelves.  Let's be grateful that we have freedom to read!