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Freedom to Read-Themed Activities

Host a Paint Night

Provide a selection of challenged books and painting supplies. Find a park where everyone can sit safely at a distance, and let the covers be the inspiration for the artwork.

Afterwards, share your work at a pop-up art gallery and on social media during Freedom to Read Week! Be sure to tag us @bookandperiodicalcouncil on Instagram or @Freedom_to_Read on Twitter so we can see and share your beautiful paintings.

Hold a Photo Contest

A great way to get people involved is to host a photo contest in your community or school. Ask participants to submit photos about freedom of expression, which could include photos of challenged books, Freedom to Read events, the Freedom to Read Week poster, people reading or anything that promotes the written word.

The Book and Periodical Council would love to see your winning contest photos. Photos submitted may be featured on the Freedom to Read website or in the Freedom to Read Review.

Send your photos to [email protected] or add them to our photos on Facebook.

Netflix Party Night

Many challenged books have been made into movies, which have been challenged themselves! Do some research to find out why the book was challenged, and keep an eye out during the movie to see how the filmmaker handled those scenes. You can watch them over Netflix Party with your friends and chat with them in real time!

Here are some movie night suggestions:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Web TV Series)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Book of Negroes (CBC TV Series)
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Hate U Give

Distribute Publications

Distribute copies of the Challenged Works List. Highlight books in your own collection of information you distribute on intellectual freedom, Canadian banned or challenged books, prison literature by censored writers, prize-winning challenged books, controversial children’s materials, or similar topics. Place the lists in local bookstores, schools, and libraries!

Blind Date with a Book

Wrap books in brown paper and put a sticker on them describing only a slight detail or theme. Get people to take them out based only on these short descriptions and see if it’s a love connection!