Nelson Library celebrates Freedom to Read Week

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‘And Tango Makes Three’. One of the most challenged books in the last 10 years.

The right to read will be upheld at the special Freedom to Read event on Thursday, March 1, 7 pm at the Nelson Public Library. Reading from banned or challenged books are several notable Nelsonites and avid book lovers, include Chief of Police Paul Burkhart, educator and actor Geoff Burns, children’s author Cyndi Sand-Eveland and Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien, among others. 

Book banning is nothing new and it continues today: Jack London’s books were burned by the Nazis and the current US president attempted to block publication of an unflattering book. ‘And Tango Makes Three’, a picture book based on a true story about two male penguins raising a baby penguin at New York’s Central Park Zoo, is one of the most challenged books in the last 10 years. In Canada, the list of challenged books in schools and libraries includes ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. 

The Library expects a lively evening that presents food for thought about access to books and the freedom to read.

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