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Announcements from the Book and Periodical Council

Announcing Freedom to Read Week 2018: February 25 – March 3

Toronto, February 20, 2018 — The Book and Periodical Council (BPC) and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 34th annual Freedom to Read Week (FTRW) in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February …

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Vickery Bowles Wins OLA’s Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award

TORONTO, ON (February 3rd, 2018): Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian, is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Library Association Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award, given in recognition of courage shown in defending the rights of library patrons to full access to information. The award was presented to Bowles during the annual OLA Super Conference, held …

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Desmond Cole wins 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression

Desmond Cole wins 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression Desmond Cole has won the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose work has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. “PEN Canada understands that exercising the right to free expression often comes at personal …

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BPC Announces 2018 Freedom to Read Week Poster Illustrator

The Book and Periodical Council is thrilled to announce our poster illustrator for FTRW 2018: JEFF LEMIRE! Jeff is an illustrator and graphic novelist whose work includes the Essex Countytrilogy, The Underwater Welder, Secret Path and, most recently, Roughneck. His story “Tales from the Farm,” which appears in the Essex County trilogy, was challenged in Ontario in 2011. We can’t wait to share his poster …

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Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms

From the Government of Ontario News Release Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms July 19, 2017 New Investment Aims to Enrich Children’s Learning Experience Ontario is bringing more Canadian literature — such as fiction, plays and poetry — into schools across Ontario, to enrich the learning experience of students in the classroom. Tourism, Culture …

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CFLA FCAB 2016 Resources and Policy Challenges Survey

From CFLA FCAB 2016 Annual Challenges Survey: Preliminary Report 2016 Resources and Policy Challenges Survey Jan 17, 2017 Did your library deal with a book, Internet, or other access challenge in 2016? Dear Library Colleagues, Did your library experience any challenges to materials, resources, services, or policies in 2016? Challenges include disputes about Internet access, meeting …

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Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26

Contact for interview opportunities: Hazel Millar: [email protected] | 416-994-1891 Contact for information about Freedom to Read Week: [email protected] | 416-975-9366   MEDIA ADVISORY: Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26 February 22, 2017 Dear Editors and Producers, From February 26 to March 4, 2017, Canadians will mark the 33rd annual Freedom …

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