Freedom to Read Week

February 20 to 26, 2011

“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” They that start by burning books will end by burning men. Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), from his play Almansor (1821)

Freedom to Read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Freedom to Read Week (February 20 to 26, 2011) encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For further information about Freedom to Read Week, please contact the Ryerson Library at (416) 979-5055 or submit a request to the Library’s Ask A Librarian service.