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Freedom to Read Week – February 22 to 28

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Freedom to Read Week – February 22 to 28

Freedom to Read Week 2009 runs from February 22-28 and is Organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

In 2009 we will mark a milestone in the fight for intellectual freedom in Canada as Freedom to Read Week, the country’s only volunteer-run celebration of this cause, observes its 25th anniversary. Initiated by the Freedom of Expression Committee (FOE) of the Book and Periodical Council (BPC) to raise awareness of censorship issues, freedom of expression and access to Canadian books and periodicals, the first Freedom to Read Week was launched in1984 by a small but dedicated group of publishing activists.

Since then the event has grown exponentially in terms of involvement and exposure. Book and magazine publishers, editors and writers now join librarians, educators, booksellers and other arts industry stakeholders to produce this annual and truly national event, which is celebrated in schools, libraries, bookstores, campuses and communities from coast to coast. In conjunction with Freedom to Read Week, the BPC produces a poster, which this year pays homage to the past 25 years of poster designs, and the Freedom to Read review. The review provides fascinating articles about issues of intellectual freedom and more, helping to provoke discussion and give organizers ideas for events – order one today and get caught up on censorship issues in Canada.

By provoking classroom discussion, educating and inspiring the public and sparking media interest, the review is the catalyst for Freedom to Read Week activity. As we are planning the biggest celebration yet for 2009, we encourage everyone to jump in and participate between February 22 and 28, 2009. Have your local library set up a display of challenged books and magazines or add them to your own personal reading list, and keep the channels of discussion open as Freedom to Read Week celebrates its 25th year of existence! If you or someone you know is having an event, email the information to and it will be added to the events page on the Freedom to Read Week website.

For more information about Freedom to Read Week and to order kits and posters, go to

Courtesy of the Book and Periodical Council.

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