Freedom to Read Week: February 23 – March 1 2014

Freedom to Read Week: February 23 – March 1 2014

This is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom” (

The Student Chapter of the British Columbia Library Association/Canadian Library Association present:

Freedom to Read Day at UBC

Tuesday February 25th 2014 from 10:00am-3:30pm in the Lillooet Room, Chapman learning Commons, IKBLC (light refreshments provided)

Schedule for the day:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm: Read-a-thon (and information table in IKBLC foyer)
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm: Writer panel & mingling
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm: Read-a-thon

We will be hosting a live read-a-thon of banned or challenged books & material, in which anyone can sign up for 10-minute blocks to read out-loud to whoever is present. We will have a display of banned books on-hand from which participants can read!

As part of this event, we’ll take a break for lunch, and host a roundtable discussion panel regarding their experience with censorship & intellectual freedom.  Our speakers are:

  • Susin Nielsen: Author of “Word Nerd”
  • Kathryn Shoemaker: UBC Professor & Illustrator of “A Telling Time”
  • Judi Saltman: UBC iSchool Professor

What’s more, Koerner Library will be participating in Freedom to Read Week with displays on their third floor and information posters in the library. They’ll be at this event with freedom-to-read themed games with the chance to win a prize! We will also have a table out in the foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) from 10:00am-12:00pm, in order to raise student awareness.

We would love to see you there! For more information and to sign up to read please visit our website:

SLAIS the iSchool@UBC’s BCLA/CLA Student Chapter



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