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Pop-Up Readings

Set up a speaker podium where people can read aloud from censored materials. Invite local authors to read from their books, or keep it simple and have your friends take turns reading from different mediums!

Woman reading in a library chair

Arrange a reading of the entire text of a well-known banned or challenged book during Freedom to Read Week. (For example, for several years, Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners was read in a number of cities across Canada, and Kevin Major’s Hold Fast was read to mark the 1995 Freedom to Read Week at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in Toronto.) Ask local authors, media, politicians, and others to join in the reading. Make sure you advertise and promote the event to attract people to the reading.

You could also organize author readings during Freedom to Read Week. Invite writers to discuss intellectual freedom issues in the context of their own work and that of other Canadian authors. Broadcast the event on Facebook Live, YouTube Live or another app to spread the word.