Banned Books Week

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September 20, 2011 by WITS Editor

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Every year organizations dedicated to reading and freedom of speech unite to sponsor Banned Books Week (BBW).  This year the annual event will be celebrated September 24- October 1, 2011.

If you are unable to participate in a local event in your city, then please join in the first-ever national virtual read-out. Libraries and bookstores across the country will stage readings of banned books, and this year you are invited to record yourself reading a favorite banned book.

Here is all the information you will need from thte Banned Books Week website:

1) You can submit a video no more than two minutes long of a reading from a banned or challenged book. Here is a list of banned literary classics as well as a list of frequently challenged booksthroughout the years. You should also check out Mapping Censorship and Robert P. Doyle’sBanned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read for more ideas. Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read is available for purchase at the ALA Store or can be found at your local public library.

2) A video of an eyewitness account of local challenges can be submitted. This video should be no longer than three minutes long.

How to upload your videos:

You will need a YouTube or Google account in order to participate. Once you have one, please sign into YouTube and follow their instructions on how to upload a video. A video tutorial on how to upload onto YouTube can be found here.

As the video downloads, you will need to update the TItle, Description, and Tag fields with the following information to help ensure that your video will be featured on the Banned Books Week Read-Out channel:

The title of your video should include “Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out.” A good example is “A reading from The Perks of Being a Wallflower for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-out” or “Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out: A reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.


You may use the description to explain why the book you chose to read an excerpt from is your favorite banned/challenged book or offer more details about an eyewitness account of local challenges.

The most important part of the download is the tag. Please tag your video with “virtualreadout” to ensure that the video will be featured on the Banned Books Week You Tube Channel.

Final StepOnce you have posted your video, please send e-mail to with the link to your video. The video will then be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel. Please allow a couple days for your video to be featured on the channel.


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