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Richmond Public Library celebrates freedom to read

American judge Potter Stewart once said: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.”  These words sum up the essence of Freedom to Read Week in Canada, which will be celebrated across the country from Feb. 24 to March 2.

Richmond Public Library will mark this important event with displays of banned and challenged books. Mayor Malcolm Brodie has issued an official proclamation endorsing Canada’s Freedom to Read Week.

“Emphasizing the library’s commitment to intellectual freedom, we strongly believe that the freedom each individual has to choose what they read, does not include the freedom to choose for others,” said library board chair, Peter Kafka.

The library provides the community with free access to a wide range of material in a variety of formats, and their librarians are always available to offer advice on age-appropriate materials and resources.

“We believe that the library has an obligation to allow each individual to decide for themselves what they wish to read,” said Kafka.

The library’s website will have a Freedom to Read link where people can learn more about freedom of expression and censorship in Canada. “Freedom to Read Week is an opportunity for libraries to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and how it affects everyone,” added Kafka.

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