Video ‘read-outs’ to highlight Banned Books Week

Friday, July 29, 2011

The American Library Association reports that this year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, will feature videos of readers reading excerpts from beloved but banned books.

“Readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel,” an ALA news release says.

“Videos (no longer than two minutes in length) can be submitted by anyone as long as they are excerpts from a banned or challenged book,” the ALA said. “Alternatively, people who have participated in book challenges can describe them in videos of up to three minutes in length.”

Details will be available in early August at Write to with questions. See a list of banned literary classics.

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, says booksellers are being encouraged to get in on the read-out action.

“We are very excited that booksellers will be able to offer their customers the opportunity to read banned books on the Internet where the whole world can see them,” he said.

Libraries also are being urged to help patrons create videos, and publishers are being invited to provide videos of authors reading from censored works or talking about censorship.

The ALA, ABFFE and several other groups sponsor Banned Books Week.

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