Original Post by: BBC World News Europe Catholic priests in northern Poland have burned books they consider to be sacrilegious, including ones from the Harry Potter boy wizard series. An evangelical group, the SMS from Heaven Foundation, published pictures of the burning - which took place in the city of Gdansk - on Facebook. They … Continue reading Incendio! Polish Priests Burn Harry Potter Books.
If you are interested in reading something completely different, take a look at the materials available online at the Anarchist Library. There are works by Emma Goldman, Kevin Carson and others. Give your brain a break from coursework, take in a little anarchist reading.
It's that time of year again when we celebrate our freedom to read. Take a look at the website and see their Champions of Free Expression, as well as information on censorship issues in Canada.
The Patriot Act in the US allows government agencies to obtain your personal library account information. In this article in the Nation it is stated that "Under the Patriot Act, the government can demand library records via a secret court order and without probable cause that the information is related to a suspected terrorist plot. … Continue reading Bill C-51 and library record privacy
The Rotarian magazine has an interesting article on Libraries today. "The Library is the most democratic institution I know of. ...the ultimate backstage pass." To read more, go to their website.
The Tyee, and independent online news source, has a very interesting article today on Bill C-51: Harper's Police State Law: Passing it means 'death of freedom' writes Green leader Elizabeth May. Click on the headline to read more. And, on the Library front: In his Canadian Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award acceptance speech, Brian Campbell … Continue reading In defense of intellectual freedom, and freedom from surveillance
This video was made by two students at the Calgary Science School in preparation for next week, which is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights … Continue reading Freedom to Read Week Feb 22-28, 2015