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Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Whether you are a librarian, bookseller, educator, student, or member of the community, there are lots of ways you can help mark this annual event.
Freedom to Read Kit
Show you support by ordering a Freedom to Read Kit, featuring articles on current censorship activities in Canada, clip art, annual poster, and suggested ways to get involved.
Host Your Own Photo Contest
A great way to get people involved is to host a photo contest in your community or school. Ask participants to submit photos about freedom of expression, which could include photos of challenged books, Freedom to Read events, the Freedom to Read Week poster, people reading or anything that promotes the written word.
BookCrossing: Free a Challenged Book
To mark Freedom to Read Week, the Freedom of Expression Committee, in partnership with BookCrossing.com, has come up with a fun and innovative challenge for Canadians.
Become a Sponsor
Freedom to Read Week is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and receives support from readers, writers, publishers, librarians, educators, booksellers and other organizations. See the complete list of sponsors.
To find out how you can become a sponsor, contact the Book and Periodical Council.