Organize a book display by genre or theme. You could have a display of censored young-adult fiction or books challenged for offensive language. Here are some ideas on how to set it up:
- Use the Freedom to Read poster as a centrepiece for a display in your bookstore, school, or library. A display could include books challenged in Canada, controversial children’s materials or controversial books published throughout history. Order our posters here.
- Set an “I read banned books” reading goal in your school or public library. Fill a display area with banned or challenged books from its collection and videos made from challenged books. Insert a brightly coloured paper marker in each item, and set up a thermometer graph. As materials circulate, collect and count the markers, and then mark on the thermometer the number of titles borrowed. Present the 25th borrower with one of our posters, or with a copy of a banned or challenged Canadian book, or another suitable prize.
- Support censored writers. Ask PEN Canada and Amnesty International for information on banned or imprisoned writers. Mount a display featuring their stories, and provide a stack of preprinted postcards with supportive messages for library patrons to sign.