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Freedom to Read Week

From Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to Timothy Findley's The Wars, hundreds of books have been challenged and even banned in North America. The right to choose what we read is essential to intellectual freedom, and every year, Freedom To Read Week celebrates that right.

To mark 2014's Freedom To Read Week, we want you to tell us what reading freedom means to you!

Send us a photo of yourself holding a sign or paper with the words "Freedom to Read Is..." followed by a word or a few words (max. 20 words) that describe what you feel true reading freedom — free from censorship, judgment, book banning or burning — means.

We'll post a selection of these submissions on our website during Freedom to Read Week, February 23 - March 1, 2014.

Please send submissions with attached photos no larger than 1.5 MB to events@openbooktoronto.com with the subject line Freedom to Read by 5:00p.m. on February 19, 2014.

The first Freedom to Read Week took place in 1984 and every year since then, the national event serves as both a celebration of the freedom to read that Canadians enjoy and as a reminder that such freedom should never be taken for granted. Events in schools, libraries and public spaces range from challenged book displays to readings to discussions on current freedom to read issues such as electronic surveillance and the history of censorship. Freedom to Read Week is a programme of the Book and Periodical Council.

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