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Freedom to Read 2018

Feb 25 – Mar 3

What is Freedom to Read?

Toronto Public Library is celebrating Freedom to Read Week, an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom and the protection of privacy.

By providing universal access to knowledge, ideas and opinions, public libraries are a true force for democracy. This is truer than ever in today's information age.

Seventy percent of Torontonians use the library regularly, borrowing more than 30 million items every year and attending thousands of programs that give people uncensored access to a wide variety of topics, beliefs and opinions.

Upcoming events

The Comics Code Authority

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Centennial

Top Secret: the dangers of censorship

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gerrard/Ashdale

Jill Tamaki on This One Summer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Annette Street

Jill Tamaki on This One Summer

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Runnymede


The Comics Code Authority

Thursday, March 1, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Danforth/Coxwell


Letter from City Librarian Vickery Bowles

How libraries preserve democracy

Intellectual freedom is the foundation of a democratic society.

Challenged materials in Toronto

Books, magazines, newspapers and other materials are challenged in Canada and around the world all the time. Each challenge seeks to limit public access to materials in schools, libraries or bookstores.

Here's a sample of challenges we've received over the years. Click to read about why the title was contested and what happened:

Join the Conversation: #FTRWeek

Find a new read

We'll be featuring titles that have been challenged over the years, and telling you a bit more about why you should check them out. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Intellectual freedom at TPL

Every year, Torontonians borrow more than 30 million items and attend thousands of programs that give people uncensored access to a wide variety of topics, beliefs and opinions.

We also have more than 1,800 public computers and offer unaltered Internet access in support of intellectual freedom. Only dedicated children's computers have filters.

How does the library select materials?


What if I have a concern about library materials?

Librarians write

More resources

Freedom to Read Week is organized nationally by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council. Visit freedomtoread.ca for more information.