The North Grenville Public Library in Kemptville (Norenberg Branch) is marking Freedom to Read Week (February 21 – 27) with live Zoom readings by community members. In celebration of access and freedom of expression, they will be reading from the works of other authors, “from the bookshelf”. The event will held on Saturday, February 27, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Registration for the Zoom event is required.
Freedom to Read Week occurs annually in Canada; during this week, through activities and displays at libraries, educational institutions, and community literary and artistic venues, we are encouraged to consider (and reaffirm) our rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to intellectual freedom and freedom of expression.
Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity to celebrate diversity of thought and expression, renew commitments to safeguarding against infringements of these rights, and raise awareness of incidences where such rights are ignored or challenged. The Freedom to Read website has useful information about censorship and controversial books, as well as a variety of resources, announcements, and events across Canada related to intellectual freedom and freedom of expression.
More information about Freedom to Read Week can be found by visiting the website: https://www.freedomtoread.ca. For more information, and/or to register to attend the Zoom reading, please contact the North Grenville Public Library (Norenberg Branch) at 613-258-4711, email Liz Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the NGPL website at https://ngpl.ca/category/ngpl-news.