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Freedom to Read Week

February 23 to 29, 2020

Freedom to Read week celebrates intellectual freedom – the ideal that access to ideas is better than discarding ideas. All of the books featured on the list below have been challenged at different Canadian libraries within the last five years. A book that is challenged leads to conversations around your Canadian right to freedom of expression and access to information – part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – and the library’s role in supporting that access. Choose one of the books below and join GVPL in contemplating the power of ideas.

Please note that the book Toilet Training in Less Than a Day featured below is a revised edition of the challenged work, which was from 1974. It is included in this list as a part of the book’s history and to highlight the ongoing work of supporting access to information while also ensuring modern standards of language are met.


Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger