February 22-28, 2015 is Freedom to Read Week. This is an annual national event reminding us about our rights of Intellectual Freedom which are guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedom. What is Intellectual Freedom? Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Freedom to Read can never be taken for granted. The organizers of this national event express it best … “freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage”. Visit their website www.freedomtoread.ca for more information and an article on the banning and burning of books throughout history, plus lists of challenged books found in libraries, bookstores and schools.
At the Gibsons & District Public Library we value individual’s rights to access information whether in physical formats or online and understand that libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom. On February 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm the library is hosting an open microphone night for everyone to read their original work, or from a banned book. Come to listen, to be inspired or to participate. Junco Jan will facilitate; 5 minutes will be allotted to each presenter.
To sign up for this event or to find out more about library programs and services drop by the library, visit our website: gibsons.bc.libraries.coop or call us at 604-886-2130. Remember all library programing and services are free.