While book banning is no longer a common practice, and the flaming books piles are things of the past, libraries across North America are still getting requests to have material pulled from their shelves. And some of them are pretty surprising requests, too.
Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) observed its Banned Books Week, an international celebration heralded by the is a time to be glad that banning books is a rare occurrence on both sides of the border. While many books continue to be challenged in schools and public libraries, the book burning fires have been put out.
The Canadian Freedom to Read foundation, which celebrates their own reading week in February, works hard to compile various sources showing what kinds of material is still contested in Canada. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage,” their mission statement affirms. But is that right in any kind of danger?
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