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Recognize your Freedom to Read

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:06 PST, Fri February 19, 2021

Richmond Public Library is joining others across Canada in recognizing Freedom to Read Week starting this Sunday.

While they strive year-round to protect our right to freely choose what we read, during Freedom to Read Week, www.freedomtoread.ca. (through next Saturday, Feb. 27)  attention turns to raising awareness about the impacts of censorship and informing the community about how and why books are challenged. 

Hundreds of mainstream and little-known books, movies, magazines and more have been challenged in Canada over the last 40 years. During that same time, Richmond Public Library has received, reviewed and resolved over 100 customer challenges. 

“Richmond Public Library has a significant responsibility to support and preserve intellectual freedom and the right to choose what you read, listen to and watch,” says library board chair Jordan Oye. “The library offers uncensored access to our extensive collections on a large variety of topics, covering many different viewpoints. By bringing awareness to this important week, we hope that our community will engage in dialogue about censorship and the freedom to read.” 

The City of Richmond stands with the library in support of intellectual freedom. The Mayor has signed a proclamation endorsing Freedom to Read Week, available on our website at www.yourlibrary.ca/proclamation and can also be viewed at any RPL branch. 

The library invites you to celebrate your freedom to read by checking out its interactive online collection of some of the most popular challenged books at www.yourlibrary.ca/freedom, viewing its displays of banned and challenged books at its branches, or connecting with library staff. And, as always, you can ask a library staff member for recommendations to suit your or your family’s reading preferences via email at www.yourlibrary.ca/ask-us or by calling 604-231-6413.

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