Book Crush: Here's a great passive programming idea that will get your patrons interacting with the collection. Set out a ballot box and some pink heart-shaped paper. Ask them to write a valentine to their "book crush". On Valentine's Day, pull all the books that have a valentine and create a display, with the valentines attached. You'll get patrons recommending books to patrons in a fun and unique way!
Host a Book Discussion: Host a book discussion on a book such as The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, and allow your participants to learn and discuss Black history in Canada. A discussion for children or teens could be based on a book such as Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker, or another book on the above list. If possible, bring in a guest speaker or direct the participants to www.blackhistorycanada.ca to learn more about the history of Canada's Black community.
Create a Banned Books Display: Many people are surprised when one of their favourite titles shows up on a banned books display (such as The Giver and To Kill A Mockingbird). This type of display is a good way to educate people about the history of book challenges and censorship. Check out the Challenged Works list from Freedom to Read to create your display.
Start a Banned Book Club: Start a book club that focuses on challenged works and make your way through some great titles. The Freedom to Read website has details on this idea and many more!