Celebrate Your Freedom To Read

Did you know that it's Freedom To Read week in Canada?
Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

I've already missed the one event held in my city (have I mentioned that I hate February?) but there are other ways to celebrate. You can read a challenged book. You can release a challenged book into the wild.

Book challenges in Canada tend not to be quite as sensational as they are south of border. But they happen.

Next month (because this week is too crazy, I hate February) I'm going to pull a banned book off my shelf and read it. I'm going to celebrate that I live in a society where I can do that. I celebrate and revel in my freedom to read all year long, but sometimes we need to stand up and say it as well.

Are you celebrating your freedom to read?