Friday, February 20, 2009

Freedom to Read Week Activities at Brock University

Check out the James A. Gibson's Library celebration of Freedom to Read Week at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario for ideas on what you can do to recognize the week. And be on the lookout for banned and challenged books set free through Bookcrossing or free a book yourself.

Below is a listing of Special Events @ the Brock Library:

Special Lecture
Forbidden Knowledge: Censorship and the Arts
Thursday, February 26
1-2pm Classroom B, Matheson Learning Commons

Join Dr. Linda Steer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, for a discussion on works of art and literature that have been banned for religious, moral, or political reasons. This lecture will explore questions and issues around censorship. Why are creative works banned? Is censorship ever of value? Do morals change over time?

Free a Challenged Book!

During Freedom to Read week, banned books (e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye) will be released across campus... If you discover a book with the “Free a Challenged Book” label, be sure to visit and add your thoughts and comments. To see a list of over 100 books and magazines that have been challenged in Canada, please visit:

Special Display
Challenged Books
February 23-March 2

Visit the display cases across from the Library Help Desk and discover books that have been challenged or banned in Canadian schools and libraries.

A Week of Prizes!
February 23-27

Sign up to follow the Brock Library on Twitter before the end of Reading Week. During Freedom to Read week, we will be announcing a secret word each afternoon through our Twitter account. The first person to reach the Library Help Desk and say the secret word will receive a prize! Sign up for Twitter. Be sure to visit the Brock Library Twitter account and “Follow” our updates.

At the Pelham Public Library, we challenge you to take the Banned Book Challenge.

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