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Buying banned books in Canada

In this blog post, we’re digging deeper into banned books by looking at the sales of banned books in Canada. Are Canadians buying these controversial titles?

You can’t read that: Banning kids’ books in Canada and the United States

A dramatic rise in book challenges and book bans targeting what are often called “diverse books” in children’s literature is sweeping North America. While the bans are mostly seen as local issues in Canada, in the United States, the nation-wide scope of the rise has been well documented by PEN America and the Washington Post.

La liberté d’expression

Les bibliothèques canadiennes sont chargées d’élaborer des politiques pour défendre la liberté de lire et de penser. En tant que bibliothèque nationale, BAC maintient une collection permanente de livres publiés, d’éditions anciennes et rares, et d’autres documents imprimés fort variés. Toute publication canadienne a sa place dans la collection nationale.

Freedom to Read

Libraries across Canada have a responsibility to create policies that protect the freedom to read and intellectual freedom. As a national library, LAC has created a permanent collection by acquiring published books, rare and early editions of books and related print material of all kinds.

The Freedom to Read What We Want: How Glorious is That!

Have you ever stopped to think about how incredibly important it is that you have the freedom to read any book, magazine, newspaper, or information resource you choose? Imagine now, if you were refused a copy of a book because someone else decided what you could, or could not read. Unrestricted access to read anything we want and to form our own opinions is intellectual freedom, and many of us take it for granted.

Exploring The World and Reading Free: Children, Teens and Public Libraries

Public Libraries are defenders of intellectual freedom. We provide access to a wide range of information, viewpoints, and discussions. We believe that being able to freely access a variety of stories, voices, perspectives, and opinions helps create an empathetic, curious, and informed community. And while it is important for people of all ages to have access to this diversity of ideas and information, it may be especially important for children and teens.