You Can't Read That! Challenged Books for Freedom to Read Week

February 19, 2015 | M. Elwood

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Freedom to Read Week

February 22-28 is Freedom to Read Week. This annual event encourages all Canadians to celebrate the intellectual freedom that is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also important to recognize that threats to this freedom occur regularly. The Canadian Library Association conducts an annual survey of publicly funded libraries to identify challenges that have been received. 

These adult books have faced recent challenges but they're all available through Toronto Public Library.

Earth a visitor's guide Tales from the farm How evan broke his head The kid Killing kennedy

Earth (the Book): a Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
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eAudiobook
Talking Book: CD format (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
The human race as viewed by Jon Stewart and writers for The Daily Show. Challenged in Ontario for nudity and insensitivity.

Essex County, Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm by Jeff Lemire
The story of an orphaned boy living on his uncle's farm was challenged in Ontario for offensive language.

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets by Garth Stein
eBook
Evan's life is rocked by the arrival of a teenage son he's never met. The book was challenged in Alberta because of homosexuality, sexually explicit scenes and offensive language.

The Kid by Sapphire
Audiobook
eAudiobook
eBook
Talking Book: CD format (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
After his mother's death, 9 year-old Abdul Jones must fend for himself. Challenged in an Ontario public library for sexual explicit scenes, violence and offensive language.

Killing Kennedy: the End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Audiobook
eAudiobook
eBook
Large Print
Talking Book: CD format (restricted to Print Disabled patrons)
An examination of the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy and the significant impact of his death on American culture and society.
It faced a challenge in 2013 in Ontario for inaccuracy--specifically, the author's assertion that Kennedy was killed by a single assassin acting alone and not through a conspiracy.

Sophie crumb Styxx Warlord Wetlands What i meant to say

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist
Artists A. Crumb and R. Crumb trace the development of their daughter’s artistic vision through an examination of her art from childhood to adulthood.
Challenged in an Alberta public library for nudity and sexually explicit images.

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
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eBook
An ancient evil has been unleashed and Styxx may be the only one who can save human race.
An Alberta library patron challenged the book for its explicit sexuality and child abuse.

Warlord: an Alex Hawke novel by Ted Bell
eBook
Large Print
MI-6 agent Alex Hawke must save the British royal family from a terrorist threat. This book was challenged in Ontario for the following reasons: anti-ethnicity; insensitivity; racism; political viewpoint; inciting hatred.

Wetlands by Charlotte Roche
Hospitalized, an eighteen-year-old woman reminisces about her life and her sexual experiences in this explicit novel. The book was challenged in British Columbia by a patron who was concerned that the book would be mistaken by students for a biodiversity title.

What I Meant to Say: the Private Lives of Men
A collection of essays from 28 writers about their lives as Canadian men. It was challenged in Ontario for sexism.

Read more at Freedom to Read.

Celebrate your freedom to read every week!

Attend Freedom to Read events at Toronto Public Library. 

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