Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week

It is now Banned Books Week, and hopefully you've seen some of the resources and articles raising awareness and celebrating intellectual freedom.

The CLA put out a press release on last year's survey of challenged resources and policies, as well as a report written by Alvin Schrader and Donna Bowman.

The ALA always has their webpage.

And there's an organization sponsored by publishers.

There are tons of ways to get involved this week. Raise awareness in your community (not everyone is as aware of banning/challenging books as you are). Loudly proclaim your commitment to and love for intellectual freedom over the internet or in person (Loudly: all in caps, at the top of your lungs). Take a commonly challenged book out of the library (return it on time and in good condition, please), or use your dollar vote to show support to publishers and authors of controversial works. Hug an intellectual freedom fighter (aka: librarian).

Here are some fun things that I found today:

A comic:

And a quiz.

Please let us know what you've found, what inspires you, or just whatever your brain wants to drop out in the comments.

Oh, and remember: banning and challenging works is real, and very serious. Don't celebrate Banned Books Week; celebrate our freedom to choose what we consume, and the people that fight for this freedom.


Monday, September 08, 2014

Happy International Literacy Day!

This year the theme for the UNESCO event is "Literacy and Sustainable Development". Literacy is so important to education, and it helps to build strong and sustainable societies. Though the event is being celebrated on a global scale this year, the main celebration will be taking place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Click here to read more about the event, including its history and importance.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FLIF On The Radio!

You've read about what we do on this blog - now you can hear us talk about it!

Back in March, two of our members participated in a radio interview with the campus radio station CJSR. The interview didn't air until August 7th, but if you were unable to listen, click here! We talk about a few of our projects, such as the Jasper Place Radical Bookshelf and Homeless Connect. If you want to skip ahead to the part where we talk, our interview starts at 3:20 of the broadcast.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Homeless Connect

We had a great time at Homeless Connect this spring!

Check out more photos of us and other volunteers at Homeless Connect on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

FLIF at Homeless Connect

FLIF will be participating in Homeless Connect this Sunday, April 6, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Homeless Connect takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton. 

Come browse our books! 

Friday, March 07, 2014

International Women's Day

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table in HUB on Tuesday to show your support for FLIF and International Women's Day (which takes place on March 8). We are very proud to have a part in celebrating women around the world and their right to express themselves.

We had the following books on display:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Freedom from Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Not Without my Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Putin’s Russia by Anna Politkovskaya
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan who Dared to Raise her Voice by Malalai Joya
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The tale of Two Nazanins by Nazanin Afshin-Jam
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Forever by Judy Blume
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

For more information on some of these books and the authors, please see the following links:
I am Malala:


Putin's Russia and Anna Politkovskaya:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl:

Wild Swans and Jung Chang:

Malalai Joya:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings:

The tale of Two Nazanins:








Sunday, February 16, 2014

Freedom in Forgiveness

In conjunction with Freedom to Read week, Edmonton Public Library is hosting humanitarian and activist Amanda Lindhout as she speaks about her experience as a hostage in Somalia on Monday evening, February 24th, at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) on the University of Alberta Campus. Ms. Lindhout will also be signing copies of her book, "A House in the Sky." The event is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. More information can be found here: